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The west, and particularly the north-west, of Ireland is rich with picturesque landscapes. This mosaic of mountain ranges, forestry and bogland form the foundation of the Wild Atlantic Way. However, the energy potential of these sites has been increasingly utilised in recent years. Wind Farms have almost become as common a sight as the mountain ranges themselves along the Wild Atlantic Way. The construction of said Wind Farms bring employment and infrastructure to the local area, while assisting Ireland’s transition towards more renewable methods of energy production. Yet, change brings conflict, and the altering of landscapes has the potential to cause lasting effects on the local environment, with the potential to persist long after construction has been completed. Previously untouched landscapes now have new permanent fixtures, likely drawing the ire of local communities, who view themselves as stewards of the land. The necessity of renewable energy cannot be understated, but a balance must be struck to ensure that the strain on the integrity of our natural environment is managed, through the collegiality of all stakeholders.

- Anonymous

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