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Old Head of Kinsale revisited

category cork | rights, freedoms and repression | news report author Monday July 26, 2004 14:09author by Red Hugh O'Donnell - Free the Old Head of Kinsale Report this post to the editors

Exclusive Golf Links still denying access to ancient right of way

Protesters from the Free the Old Head of Kinsale Campaign paid a surprise visit to the West Cork headland yesterday (Sunday) to renew their demand for the right of public access to this historic place of beauty.

For several years the owners of an exclusive Golf Course, built at the Old Head of Kinsale despite its historic and tourist importance, have denied the public the right to walk on the headland. For generations - centuries even - local people and visitors have enjoyed the breath-taking scenery of the Old Head of Kinsale.

The Old Head offers spectacular views of the West Cork coastline and is Ireland's premier location for whale and dolphin watching. It also has important flora and fauna and is the site of an Iron Age fort and the medieval De Courceys Castle.

Since time immemorial people have enjoyed walking on the Old Head of Kinsale and up to recent times it has been a popular spot for hill walkers, nature lovers, rock fishers, bird watchers and cetacean watchers.

The Free the Old Head of Kinsale campaign and many people from Kinsale and throughout Ireland (and beyond) have disputed the denial of public access and over the last three years have staged numerous protests and "People's Picnics" at the Old Head.

The entrance to the headland is closed by the Old Head Golflinks where multi-billionaires and their hangers-on hang out.
CCTV cameras, barbed wire and high fences block the way, with security personnel just in case a dreaded hill walker might try and get in.

Yesterday about a dozen members of the Free the Old Head Campaign paid a surprise visit and set up camp outside the gates. There we witnessed dozens of tourists being turned away, some of them having driven forty or fifty miles to see the Old Head of Kinsale only to find an entrance more akin to Israel's new security wall.

Yesterday we met Germans, Americans, English, Poles, Latvians and Australians who were incensed at the privatisation of this superb beauty spot (not to mention dozens of Irish people).

The Free the Old Head of Kinsale campaign will hold its first 'official' People's Picnic of the year on August 22nd next. Watch Indymedia and local press / billboards for details of transport.

author by conor (wsm personal capacity)publication date Tue Jul 27, 2004 11:28author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Any pics or was it balaclavas at dawn?

Conor

author by Tpublication date Thu Jul 29, 2004 00:36author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I am glad to hear there is still life in this campaign. Something like this is always good news!

author by David - Max Wiggan International Tradingpublication date Thu Jul 29, 2004 10:25author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The denial of access to walk the land is shamefull, well done we need to fight the property barrons and keep the landscape accessable. It is our right as humans to traverse the earth.

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author by Dave McCarthypublication date Thu Aug 05, 2004 20:04author address Corkauthor phone Report this post to the editors

Elderly relations (80 years) going there since they were children, were very distressed when they were told they could not get in. Is this ban on access now permanent, or is there still a way for the County Council to enforce its own planning conditions?

author by alex rossipublication date Sun Aug 15, 2004 21:41author email axitaliaNOSPAM at email dot itauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi all!

I'm from Italy and I've been for the first time in the Old Head two years ago. The place is magic, for me more of the cliffs of Moher, but that golf club was very sad :(

in september I will return in the wonderful ireland, my travel will start just from the old head: it's the first place!

so come on "Free the Old Head Campaign" I trust in you!!!

thanks a lot!

alessandro

 
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