Wednesday 25 April 2018

Fury as '300kg of waste' dumped at beauty spot after bank holiday rave

Derrynane National Park, Co Kerry, after the August bank holiday weekend. Photo: Ross Duffy
Derrynane National Park, Co Kerry, after the August bank holiday weekend. Photo: Ross Duffy

Cillian Sherlock

Locals have been left furious after a gang of youths left behind hundreds of kilos of rubbish at a protected national park in Kerry.

It is thought up to 60 youths attended an unofficial rave in Derrynane National Park over the August bank holiday weekend, leaving human waste, condoms and other rubbish in their wake.

Ross Duffy, who lives near the park, said youths have flocked to the Derrynane dunes every August bank holiday over the past couple of years, but this year things got out of hand.

"This is becoming a bigger problem every year but it is getting out of control now. This year it was off the charts," he told the Irish Independent.

Mr Duffy said he spent four hours "trawling through waste" with his wife to clean up after the teenagers on Sunday. "We saw a lot of garbage blowing across the dunes. There must've been 300kg of waste. The OPW came and removed the waste with a tractor," he said.

Irish Independent

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