Councillors call on Scottish kin to preserve Queen Scotia's grave

KERRY County and Tralee Urban District Councils have been urged to worktogether to ensure that the final resting places of Queen Scotia andthose k...

KERRY County and Tralee Urban District Councils have been urged to worktogether to ensure that the final resting places of Queen Scotia andthose killed in the battle of Slieve Mish remain in public hands. Optimism hasalso been expressed that Scottish support for the campaign could beencouraged.

The call, which referred to Foley's Glen, came from former CouncilChairman Ted Fitzgerald in a notice of motion put forward during this week'smeeting of Kerry County Council.

The Fianna Fail representative said that he felt strongly that it wouldbe a `shame' if this `beautiful and historical' site is allowed to fallinto private hands. He added, ``Kerry County Council and Tralee UrbanDistrict Council should ensure that these facilities are preserved forthe public and not taken over for development. We should do our best tokeep these places for the general public. Let's not just dismisssomething we feel strongly about.''

Support for the motion came from Independent representative Billy Leen,who claimed that the Foley's Glen site would be denigratedif it was bought by the private sector. He also suggested that support forthe Council's campaign could come from across the Irish Sea. ``This is anhistoricarea where Queen Scotia is buried, and she is where Scotland supposedlygot its name from.

``We should contact the Scottish authorities, because we have this ladyburied here who gave their country its name, and we won't even make it anational park.''

Acting County Secretary PhilipO'Sullivan, who confirmed that Arts Minister Sile de Valera had statedin March of this year that there are no plans to make Foley's Glen anational park. He added that neither Kerry County Council nor Tralee UrbanDistrict Council are in a position to purchase the site.

A proposal from Councillor Leen that a delegation from Kerry County Councilshould meet with a delegation from Tralee Urban District Council to look atthe way ahead for the Glen was then adopted by the meeting.

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