The archaeological value of the rural areas included in the Ballymanus Wind Farm plan were outlined by archaeologist Yvonne Whitty at the public meeting in Aughrim.
Ms Whitty expressed concern of the proximity of many of the proposed turbines to rich heritage sites, including Neolitic rock art which would date back 5,000 years.
She said that there are a number of ringforts in the area of Preban which date back to between the sixth and eleventh centuries, that looks like the windfarm was designed to go through them and warned against the destruction of a valuable non-renewable resource.
‘There has been no place name analysis and no attempt to safeguard the heritage. Farmers have left them alone and the turbines should too because when they are gone, they are gone,’ she said.
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