Kerry's Dunquin pier
Motto: "Ní bheidh ár leithéidí aríst ann"
("There will never be the like of us again")
unquin pier, one of the main departure points for the Great Blasket Island, was damaged in recent storms and left vulnerable to further harm from the elements.
The pier, used by ferries taking visitors to the Great Blasket and some fishermen on the Dingle Peninsula, is now in a dangerous state, according to Micheál de Mórdha, manager of the Blasket Interpretive Centre in Dunquin.
“The big fear is that it could go completely if there’s another storm like Darwin,” he warned.
“The pier and steps leading to it have been deteriorating for the past few years and ‘skelps’ have been taken out by every storm. It’s being gradually eroded.”
A corner of the pier wall has been washed away, chunks of concrete have been torn from a slipway, and many of the steps have gone. The pier cannot be used at present and any repair works are being hampered because of difficulty in getting machinery to the places where structural damage has occurred.
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