Archaeologists working in the Burren in County Clare have discovered what is being described as one of the most extensive prehistoric landscapes in Europe. The find includes a megalithic tomb dating back 5,000 years, as well as the remains of old farm settlements.

Meanwhile, the Heritage Council has warned that Ireland’s archaeological monuments are being destroyed at a rate of 10% each decade. A report published today claims that if this continues, little will remain by the end of the next century. The major survey by the Council took in some 1400 monuments over an area of 600 square miles.