All around the world, wild and as yet unspoilt places are, ironically, threatened by people drawn to them because of their beauty— physical or spiritual.
Some of us seem incapable of observing the simple principle: Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but photographs.
If that simple discipline was followed, then concerns about Kerry’s MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the delicate ecosystem of the Maharees beaches could be set aside.
Unfortunately, increasing encroachment has raised issues that must be resolved.
South Kerry Development Partnership has pointed out that, during the Summer, around 500 people a day visited Carrauntoohil.
That number plainly represents a significant challenge to the integrity of the landscape.
There are many interim measures that might be considered, education foremost amongst them, but maybe it’s time to consider limiting visitors.
This of course would provoke huge opposition but there will be no point in having that conversation after our remaining beauty spots are overwhelmed and destroyed, like too many have been already.