Two incidents of illegal dumping close to the historic Athassel Abbey near the village of Golden in West Tipperary have prompted warnings for people to exercise care when recycling old clothes.
A large quantity of bags of discarded clothes were recently discovered at the entrance to the abbey. In a separate incident clothes were also found dumped a kilometre away at Springmount, Golden.
“People who want to recycle unwanted clothes should bring them to charity shops”, says Anthony Wynne, South Tipp County Council’s environmental enforcement officer. He said that clothes donated to some other collections ended up either being sold or dumped.
There was a similar incident at the statue of Christ the King in the Glen of Aherlow, another of the county’s scenic areas, in the last couple of months. According to Anthony Wynne, such dumping happens regularly around the county.
Athassel Abbey is the largest medieval priory in Ireland. It was founded for the Canons Regular of St. Augustine by William Fitz-Aldhelm de Burgo at the close of the 12th century and dedicated to St. Edmund.
One of the country’s most extensive monasteries, it covers nearly four acres.
Almost three years ago it was the subject of the launch of a major Conservation Plan by the Office of Public Works. The plan, drawn up by Clonmel-born architect Margaret Quinlan and her associates, was launched by then Minister of State Martin Mansergh at the new Community Hall in Golden.