Today was interesting. Woodrow Sustainable Solutions are running free heritage weekend courses. I went along today to Collooney to find out more, there were guest speakers including Siobhan from the Heritage Office, Noelle Cawley from Failte Ireland, Will Woodrow from Woodrow Sustainable Solutions and Sam Moore archeologist. We got to find out about completed and ongoing heritage projects in Sligo and how community groups could get involved in heritage in their area. We also heard about the Wild Atlantic Way and heritage in tourism and about the natural heritage we have and how to improve and sustain it.
After looking at the moths we went on a bus trip to Aughris (well I took my car as I had to leave early). Sam was telling the folks on the bus all about the area we were driving through, we went down a very narrow lane and walked into a field where we saw a look out post from World War 2.
In the uncertain early days of the Second World War the Irish government sought to take action to protect the neutrality it had declared in September 1939. It was decided that a series of lookout posts would be built at strategic points along the Irish coastline to monitor belligerent activity at sea. The LOPs were manned by coast watchers and the institution they formed was named the Coast Watching Service. 82 of this Lookout posts were built between 1939-1942 many of these buildings still exist along the coastline including this one at Aughris.
After that I left the group and went off for a little exploring on my own. There are plenty of signs around for the Wild Atlantic Way, so if you are looking for the sea just follow the signs.
The rest of my photos are here.