Monday 17 December 2018

Local support for Drumanagh plans


John Manning at monthly council meeting

A conservation plan for important archaeological site that is Drumanagh Promontory Fort in Loughshinny has returned from public consultation where the council found that the public are behind efforts to secure and preserve the site but want the minimum physical interventions made to the site to achieve those goals.

A report on the public consultation process around the site's conservation and management plan returned to the full council last week and described Drumanagh as 'an important archaeological site and is of international significance in terms of Ireland's relationship with the Roman world'.

A Draft Conservation and Management Plan has been developed for the site by the council, which will provide the basis for its ongoing management.

According to the council, the Conservation Plan 'facilitates the systematic examination of the many facets of historic places, by collating information, ascribing significance and devising policies for future management'.

The local authority report stated: 'The Draft Conservation and Management Plan presents what we know about the history and heritage of the promontory fort at Drumanagh. It also sets out a range of issues regarding the conservation and management of the site and sets out policies for its protection and management.'

During the public consultation period, a total of 25 written submissions and observations were made by individuals and groups with an interest in the site's future.

The council reported: 'The response to the Draft Drumanagh Conservation Study and Management Plan was extremely positive.'

The local authority report added: 'It is clear that there is a consensus for minimal intervention in order to preserve, protect and understand the site.'

Fingal County Council finalised the purchase of the national monument at Drumanagh in Loughshinny in late 2016 at a reported cost of around €1 million in a deal that could open up an exciting new tourist draw for Fingal.

Local historian, Margaret McCann Moore who has been concerned the site was under threat from vandals, welcomed the council purchase at that time and outlined the site's importance, saying: 'It was a fortification and trading would have occurred between Drumanagh Ireland and Romany Britain.'

Fingal Independent