Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

IN many ways it’s taken for granted. It has stood over­look­ing the town, at the bottom of Balls­grove Hill, for over 200 years, but in truth, do we know any­thing about it.

Balls­grove Gate, at the foot of Grove Hill, was erected in recog­ni­tion of work done by Henry Ball MP who led Drogheda’s anti-union move­ment in 1796.

As a to­ken of their grat­i­tude, the peo­ple of Drogheda raised a large sum of money to in­stall the gate.

It fea­tures nat­u­ral lime­stone and other as­pects.

It un­der­went ma­jor works in 2001/2002 when £250,000 was spent on its over­haul. Chair­per­son of thr Balls­grove Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion, Eu­gene Ger­aghty, ex­pressed his de­light with the project at the time. but surely it’s time to bring the gate back to its glory again.

Ar­eas for flood­light­ing are now cov­ered in moss (pic­tured bottom right) but surely it wouldn’t cost that much to get the process op­er­a­tional again.

Many great mo­ments have been cel­e­brated here, not least when the lead­ers of the Peace Move­ment ar­rived to talk at its gates in De­cem­ber of 1976.

The Peace Peo­ple spoke of a new Ire­land, and al­though it took time to come, they won the day.

Cut­ting the hedge back at the front of it and a bit of sand­blast­ing and sud­denly you have an iconic build­ing in that part of the town again.

The hedge in front of the gate should be cut back to fully dis­play it.

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