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Vandals damage Ireland’s ‘Stone of Destiny’

Vandals armed with a hammer have damaged the 5,500-year-old Lia Fáil, the ‘Stone of Destiny’, at the Hill of Tara in Ireland.

Damage has been caused in 11 places on all four faces of the Lia Fail Standing Stone — also know as the ‘Stone of Destiny’ — which is mentioned in ancient texts about the High Kings of Ireland.

Minister for Arts and Heritage Jimmy Deenihan last night said his department was examining the possibility of increasing surveillance at such monuments.

An archaeologist from the National Monuments Service carried out a detailed examination of the monument after the Office of Public Works (OPW) discovered the damage at the weekend.

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Story: Louise Hogan, Independent.ie | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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