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Sunday 19 August 2018

Time to talk on Drumanagh

Cllr Brian Dennehy, Fingal Heritage Officer, Gerry Clabby, Fingal Conservation Officer, Helena Bergin, Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley, Cllr David O'Connor, Fingal Chief Executive Paul Reid, Senior Parks Superintendent Kevin Halpenny, Fingal Community Archaeologist Christine Baker, Sandra Henry from The Discovery Programme
Cllr Brian Dennehy, Fingal Heritage Officer, Gerry Clabby, Fingal Conservation Officer, Helena Bergin, Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley, Cllr David O'Connor, Fingal Chief Executive Paul Reid, Senior Parks Superintendent Kevin Halpenny, Fingal Community Archaeologist Christine Baker, Sandra Henry from The Discovery Programme

John Manning

Fingal County Council wants your views in relation to the Draft Conservation and Management Plan for Drumanagh Promontory Fort, located on the coast between Rush and Loughshinny.

The Public Consultation was launched recently at the stunning coastal location by Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley.

Drumanagh is a nationally important archaeological site and is of international significance in terms of Ireland's relationship with the Roman world. The site is also a National Monument subject to statutory protection under the National Monuments Act, 1930 (as amended).

The Draft Plan proposes policies and objectives for its protection and management.

Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley commented: 'On visiting this beautiful site today I can see the potential for not just archaeological research and education but also the tourism and recreational opportunities.'

Paul Reid, Chief Executive Fingal County Council said: 'Drumanagh is of huge value to Fingal but also has wider significance. Council staff from across a number of Departments are working on the site's ongoing protection, conservation and management so as to realise the full potential of this important site.'

Senior Parks Superintendent, Kevin Halpenny commented: 'This site is not only a very significant National Monument it will also become a major new open space for Fingal and form part of the Fingal Coastal Way used by locals and visitors to Fingal alike.'

Commenting on the Conservation and Management plan, Christine Baker, Community Archaeologist said: 'The Plan will help us to balance all the various uses of the site with the need to protect it for future generations.'

Since the site was acquired by the local authority for around €1 million, the council has taken steps to secure it and to provide for continued public access.

There have been several occasions on which damage has been caused to the site from unauthorised motorcycling activity.

The council says it is taking this matter 'extremely seriously' and is working with the local Crime Prevention Officer of An Garda Siochána in relation to the issue. The council wants to engage with those involved in scrambling on the site with a view to resolving the issue.

Submissions to the public consultation process can be made online at consult.fingal.ie until March 5. A public information 'drop-in' session will be also be held on Wednesday, February 28 in Rush Community Centre from 4pm to 8 pm and all are welcome to come along during this time when council staff will be available to answer questions and take feedback. A copy of the Plan is available at Council offices and local libraries.

Fingal Independent

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