Friday 24 October 2014

Time to open up the Old Abbey to tourists

GODFREY demands hoarding must come down

Hubert Murphy

Published 17/04/2013 | 05:28

Cllr. Frank Godfrey is calling for the area around Old Abbey to be upgraded. Photo: Paul Connor

DROGHEDA Borough Council is attempting to get graffiti stained hoarding around a National Monument in the heart of old Drogheda removed, to be replaced by a fence around the boundary.

But they also reveal that the site, the location of ruined 13th century abbey or Hospital of St Mary d'Urso, is not owned by them and 'issues remain regarding access to the National Monument'.

The Department of Environment's Heritage Section has also been involved in the discussions.

'I just want to see this disgusting hoarding around the abbey removed for good,' he stated. 'I think it's a danger and I think a National Monument like this would be a great tourist site if it was done up properly,' Louth councillor Frank Godfrey stated.

He made representations to the borough council, asking for action.

'It is one of the oldest buildings in the town. We should be preserving it, celebrating its history and letting locals and visitors know all about it,' he stated. 'A preservation action plan for the town must be drawn up immediately and the Old Abbey restored.'

The abbey dates from 1206 with only portions of the chancel, nave and tower remaining.

Drogheda Independent

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