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Thursday 18 September 2014

Council has desecrated the Croppy Graves – historian

Published 29/07/2014 | 05:24

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The stump of a 200-year-old tree at the Croppy Graves.

Local historians have reacted with fury to the felling of 200-year-old trees at the Croppy Graves, the burial place of over 600 United Irishmen who died at The Battle of Carlow in 1798.

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The trees next to the site at Graiguecullen were said to be of historical significance and some local historians are extremely unhappy about the Council's actions in removing them.

'It's left me wondering why Carlow local officials would desecrate such a sacred Irish historical space and have such a flagrant disregard for local public sentiment in the pursuit of alleged public safety,' said Paul Horan, a historian from Trinity College.

'The Croppy Graves is a most important site of local and national historical significance. The notion that these trees were somehow posing a danger requires much greater and further explanation.'

Mr Horan said that this is just the latest in a long line of what he describes as 'historical desecrations' carried out on significant landmarks in the Carlow area, pointing at allowing apartment blocks to be built in front of Carlow Castle and the re-ordering of Carlow's Cathedral as prime examples.

'It is my firmly held belief that the history and monuments that represent a people should not be meddled with in war or peacetime,' Mr Horan continued.

'The trees at the Croppy Graves were a living symbolic connection with possibly the most tragic day in the history of the people of Carlow and Graiguecullen.'

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