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Miracle no one hurt as 1808 Millmount Fort wall in Drogheda crumbles

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The wall, which dates from 1808, has been in imminent danger of collapse for some time.

The wall, which dates from 1808, has been in imminent danger of collapse for some time.

It was a miracle the stone didn't fall on a car or pedestrian.

It was a miracle the stone didn't fall on a car or pedestrian.

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The wall, which dates from 1808, has been in imminent danger of collapse for some time.

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A section of the old exterior wall at Millmount Fort crumbled on Monday night, leaving chunks of the old masonry on the road.

The wall, which dates back to 1808, is in urgent need of reinforcing, and it is a miracle that a car or pedestrian wasn’t damaged or injured in the incident.

A local resident moved the old stone onto the grass verge and Louth County Council has been alerted to the issue, and say they will carry out an immediate survey.

Local TD Fergus O’Dowd says this is a serious issue, and he first alerted the council to the problem back in August of last year.

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"This is very concerning and I contacted council officials first thing Tuesday morning to report the matter and to hear the latest on their conservation and action plan,” said Deputy O’Dowd. “I was contacted by a worried citizen Don Byrne last year, and alerted the Louth Heritage Officer Brendan McSherry, who said ‘unfortunately it has taken until now to finalise the funding so there is a risk that the project may not be able to go ahead but I do hope that it will”.

Mr Byrne, who first noticed the danger, says he is disappointed that action wasn’t taken sooner.

"I am a civil engineer, so could see it was in danger of collapse, and I’m not surprised it happened, because inaction breeds this sort of thing,” he told the Drogheda Independent. “It’s a health and safety concern, and I was worried for kids or cars around there, and the wall is clearly not being given its due care or attention.”

Donnacha MacRaghnaill from the Old Drogheda Society says it is a shame to see such a vital part of Drogheda’s past in such a state.

"I am confident that Louth County Council will reinstate the wall as soon as they can, and proper work can be carried out to make it safe,” he said. 


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