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lough gur

By Mary Ellen McBride
2005-08-14 17:00:49

We just arrived home from Ireland this past week. The only disappointment on our trip was our experience with Lough Gur.  
We got lost going there from Limerick; better signage would have helped greatly. We also didn't understand from the tour guides that the sites were spread out from the heritage center, meaning more driving and parking multiple times along the side of narrow roads.  
The worst part, however, was when we got to the 'highlight,' the stone circle, and the resident farmer demanded two euros each as compensation for "building the fence, adding the stone foot path, etc, etc." The Irish family ahead of us objected to paying and he eventually let them through the gate. But when he found out we were American, he was adamant about payment. We declined and walked away. We all felt that we'd gone to a lot of time and effort (especially after getting lost) to then miss out on a most significant stone circle. My daughter is studying anthropology in college, so this was important to us.  
The rest of our trip was wonderful, as was our last trip a few years ago; this event was truly the exception. But I thought someone should know about this farmer. If he's allowed to charge, that should be in the literature. If he's not, he should be made to stop. Thank you.

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