Sunday 18 March 2018

Moore Street site could be as popular as Kilmainham Gaol, says campaign group

Members of the Save Moore Street 2016 campaign group form a human chain around the street yesterday. Photo: PA
Members of the Save Moore Street 2016 campaign group form a human chain around the street yesterday. Photo: PA
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

Relatives of those who fought during the Easter Rising said they hoped to bring younger generations to the Moore Street site in the future.

Campaigners who have objected to the development of the Moore Street buildings for the past 16 years gathered to celebrate a High Court injunction preventing buildings at the battleground site from being demolished.

A symbolic plaque was placed outside the building yesterday by the Save Moore Street 2016 group, as campaigners linked arms along the street.

"We are trying to create a visual representation of the people trying to protect Moore Street," said their spokeswoman Niamh McDonald.

"There was a campaign to save Kilmainham Gaol years ago and now it is a massive tourist attraction. We think Moore Street can be just as big an attraction.

"We know this battle is not over yet.

"This is the first part of it, but what is Moore Street going to become? What type of battlefield monument will it be? Who will be in control of it? We want to keep it in public control, in the control of the citizens," she added.

Brona Uí Loing's grandfather Gerry Boland, a former justice minister, fought in the Rising with his brothers Ned and Harry and his sister Kathleen.

"Moore Street is very close to my heart because it is the only place in its original state, so people can see what it looked like in 1916," she said.

"I would love to be able to bring my two grandchildren to see it and show them where their relatives ran through the building.

"I want to show them that those men ran through the rooms here to come out the other side and face a barrage of fire."

John Gavan, from Navan, Co Meath, said the site should be preserved as a museum.

"My own grandfather, John James Gavan, was here. People put their lives on the line here and this should be a place where we can come to pay respect."

Irish Independent

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