Drogheda Independent - - NEWS - BY HUBERT MUR­PHY

THE HIS­TORIC crosses and over­all site at Monaster­boice needs to be pro­tected and Mairead McGuin­ness MEP and first Vice-Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment is to high­light the mat­ter with Min­is­ter for Cul­ture, Heather Humphreys.

The MEP vis­ited the early me­dieval ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal site to meet some of the Monaster­boice Tour Guides, lo­cal vol­un­teers who help visi­tors ac­cess the an­cient site, which dates back to the 6th cen­tury.

She dis­cussed with the group the pro­tec­tion and preser­va­tion of the site in line with the 2008 Con­ser­va­tion Study un­der­taken.

In that study the preser­va­tion of the crosses was deemed to be the most press­ing is­sue but it also iden­ti­fied is­sues around the con­ser­va­tion of the en­tire mon­u­ment com­plex.

The MEP told the group that she would be writ­ing to Min­is­ter Humphreys, to high­light the rec­om­men­da­tions in the study with a view to pro­gress­ing them and pre­vent­ing any fur­ther de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the site.

Ms McGuin­ness com­mended the group on what she said was “tremen­dous work in keep­ing our his­tory alive. Our com­mu­nity owes them a debt of grat­i­tude.”

The mon­u­ment in­cludes a round tower, two stone churches, a se­ries of cross-slabs and high crosses, set in a grave­yard. The High Crosses are an out­stand­ing ex­am­ple of me­dieval struc­tures – th­ese Crosses alone lend in­ter­na­tional sig­nif­i­cance to the site.

Dick Mur­phy, Michael O Neill, Des Brodi­gan, John De­vitt, Chair­man of Monaster­boice Tour Guides, Seán Mc Govern, Bar­tle Woods and Paddy Dunne with Mairead McGuin­ness.

Ber­nadette Mc Quil­lan, Pa­tri­cia Mc Don­agh, Maria Callery, Philom­ena Mc Govern and Kay Duf­fin

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