Sligo’s Neolithic tombs are being vandalised ‘on scale never seen before’

Experts say 5,000-year-old monuments will not survive unless action is taken

Pádraig Meehan surveys the damaged Teach Cailleach a’ Bheara passage tomb in Ballygawley, Co Sligo.

Pádraig Meehan surveys the damaged Teach Cailleach a’ Bheara passage tomb in Ballygawley, Co Sligo.

Five-thousand-year-old Neolithic tombs in Co Sligo are suffering damage and vandalism “on a scale never seen before” and will not survive unless action is taken immediately, archaeological experts have warned.

There are 75 passage tombs in Co Sligo, almost one-third of the estimated 240 in the State, according to the Sligo Neolithic Landscapes Group, which is pressing for the county’s Neolithic heritage to be deemed a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

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