Save the Hellfire Club

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SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL WANTS TO SPEND OVER €22 MILLION TO TRANSFORM MASSY’S ESTATE AND THE HELLFIRE CLUB INTO A MAJOR TOURIST ATTRACTION   ​    

Friends of Massy’s Wood, Residents Associations and Community Groups have joined forces to protect this natural wilderness from inappropriate development. We need your support to maintain the natural integrity of the landscape and protect the environment from commercial exploitation.

As part of the SDCC plan, they intend to construct a large “interpretive centre” and a sky-bridge that extends over the road between the two grounds. The scale of this development can only have a negative impact on what is already a very fragile environment. Regular visitors will notice that the grounds of the Hellfire Club have already suffered from frequent logging. The trees near the entrance of the park were cut down last year, leaving a desolate expanse. The ecosystem has suffered drastically as a result.

We believe that this proposal by South Dublin County Council will have a catastrophic impact upon an already beautiful and natural amenity and its surrounding environs for the following reasons:

Interpretive Centre
Approximately the size of a shopping centre; catering for 300,000 visitors per annum and associated car parking.

Environment & Wildlife
The development will change forever this valuable amenity, environment and fragile ecosystem. This wilderness is a rich and diverse habitat and is home to many wildlife species including the rare red squirrel, brown hare and woodpeckers etc.

Road Safety
This narrow rural road cannot accommodate existing traffic volumes. Road capacity, access, visibility and effects on pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and wildlife are being ignored.

Archaeology
This is a Neolithic landscape of huge national and international importance. It has not been fully investigated. This rush to development can only result in obliterating potential treasures. According to Abarta Heritage, who carried out the recent excavations on Montpelier Hill, “there is much more to be discovered about the site.

Cable-car and tree-top footbridge
These grounds are a natural wilderness not a theme park.

Admission Charges
This natural wilderness, which is enjoyed by all, will no longer be free.