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Glen Of the Downs
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The Glen of the Downs lies to the South of the city, in the Wicklow Mountains. During the nineties, as the city sprawled ever further, thousands of commuters moved out into the Wicklow countryside, and simultaneously the volume of heavy goods traffic with the coastal towns to the South expanded.
The narrow and dangerous N11 became a nightmare of congestion, so the local authorities decided to destroy many hundreds of trees and the habitat they supported in the Nature Reserve of the Glen.
Having made their name at Manchester Airport and other developments in the UK, dozens of eco-activists descended on the Glen of the Downs and established a community of protest among, below, and in the branches of the threatened trees.
Following a protracted legal battle lasting several years, the eco-warriors were finally evicted and, though a few stalwarts went to jail in defiance of the courts, the trees eventaully succumbed and the construction work commenced.