Saturday, June 18, 2011

The concrete blocks the view.

Many of the newer structures on the Aran Islands are being made of concrete. I guess it's not cement to be admired. Actually I'm not sure why there are so many concrete blocks being used there when so much good stone material is available everywhere. The more the islanders allow poured concrete walls, gateposts and all kinds of cemented stonework to be done, the more these things will compete with the natural stone walls make this such an attractive place and are lasting quite well. Inevitably if nothing is done to stop this kind of so called 'progress' this wonderful island of dry stone walls will end up loosing much of its charm.

The new concrete wall on the pier at Inismore