By Connie Duffy

Could one of Inishowen's oldest churches disappear into the sea? Fears have been prompted by the rate erosion at a beach not far from Malin Head at the top of the peninsula and the lack of cash to tackle the problem.

Local farmers have already estimated that they’ve lost approximately 100 acres of land at Five Finger Strand, and now it appears the first major structure in the firing line could be the picturesque 240-year-old St Mary’s Church at nearby Lagg.

This comes on top of news that a petition which only started a short time ago has almost 16,000 names calling for action at this location.

Access to the beach has been curtailed since Donegal County Council last worked on it last September but despite repeated warnings, day trippers and holiday makers still gather there every sunny day.

The difficulty at this location, which is reputed to be the home of the highest sand dunes in Europe, is the large range of sand movement that occurs. The sand not only moves in and out at this location, but also up and down and this effectively renders the coastal erosion solutions ineffective.

See today's Inish Times for the full story

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