A gang of teenagers have left behind a trail of destruction, including human waste and condoms, in a protected National Park in Kerry.
Locals estimate that around 60 teenagers took part in a three day unofficial rave in the protected National Park in Derrynane, Co Kerry.
Ross Duffy, who lives near the park, said youths have flocked to the Derrynane dunes every August Bank Holiday weekend over the last couple of years but this year things got out of hand.
“This is becoming a bigger problem ever year but it is getting out of control now. This year it was off the charts. They took it to another level,” Mr Duffy told Independent.ie.
Mr Duffy said he spent four hours “trawling through waste” with his wife in an effort to clean up after the teenagers on Sunday.
Mr Duffy, who has been a resident of Caherdaniel for about 20 years, said his home overlooks the whole park.
“We saw a lot of garbage blowing across the dunes. We created a pile of it and there must’ve been 300kg of waste. The OPW came and removed the waste with a tractor,” he said.
“The mind boggles over the mind-set it takes to come down to a place that is so incredibly beautiful and desecrate it like that. There’s no shame or humiliation. Pride is what we are seeing,” he added.
Mr Duffy said he works with aid organisations in war-zones and refugee camps and comes back to Derrynane as a base to…