Saturday 7 December 2019

1916 treasures

• After watching the debate on the Moore Street motion, and hearing references to American historic sites and our historic preservation efforts, I had to write to encourage Ireland to preserve the important battleground of her nationhood -- Moore Street.

There is no more amazing feeling as an American than to enter Independence Hall in Philadelphia and see where brave men like Thomas Jefferson debated our independence.

I had that same feeling when I had the opportunity to tour the GPO garrison's last battlefield with a descendant of one of Ireland's martyrs.

Not only will the preservation of this site honour the brave men and women who lit the fire of freedom in 1916, but development of the site as an historical and cultural centre will encourage tourism.

I am an American Civil War re-enactor and I can attest to how much visitors to our battlefields and re-enactments enjoy learning about the past.

But preserving sacred ground is more than just a great way to remember our past -- it's also a great source of tourist income.

The National Monument and the surrounding laneways tell the story of the heroic Irish Volunteers better than any museum can. The approaching centenary deserves to be commemorated in a revolutionary quarter in Dublin.

As a living historian and a supporter of historic preservation in the United States, I have seen too much development in and around important historic sites. I hope this does not happen on Moore Street.

I urge you to protect the area so that future generations may learn from the past.

Robin Mary Heaney
Rockville Centre, NY 11570, USA

Irish Independent

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