Saturday February 22, 2020

Rocks and hard places: The Achillhenge saga

The colourful career of property developer Joe McNamara took an unexpected turn with the construction of Achillhenge on his native Achill Island in Co Mayo. More than three years later, the controversial structure of massive stone pillars is still th

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

21st June, 2015
The Achillhenge monument. Picture: Michael McLaughlin

The alarm bells started ringing as the large convoy of arctic trucks began to edge its way across Michael Davitt Bridge and onto Achill Island, off the coast of Co Mayo.

There were at least 20 trucks on that November day in 2011, each carrying three of the 60 concrete pieces which would be used to create Achillhenge.

The organiser was developer Joe McNamara, who had come to national prominence for parking a cement mixing truck with the...

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