Time to light up the area around Fer­dia and Cuchu­lainn

Mid Louth Independent - - FRONT PAGE - Hu­bert Mur­phy’s look at life in Mid-Louth hmur­phy@drogheda-in­de­pen­dent.ie

OVER the com­ing months the Louth County Coun­cil bud­get will be agreed and hope­fully there might be a few quid set aside for a project that I think is well worth do­ing.

As you walk through Ardee on th­ese dark nights, wouldn’t it be great to see the statue of Fer­dia and Cuchu­lainn lit up.

As present, it’s in a dark cor­ner at the rear of the Bridge Street car park, pretty des­o­late to be hon­est.

This area is cry­ing out for a proper project.

Imag­ine light­ing, above and be­low the statue, a plant­ing scheme to sup­ple­ment the work of the tidy towns group, a sign to tell the story of the fa­mous bat­tle at the ford.

This has all the hall­marks of a won­der­ful amenity and fo­cal point for Ardee and the room is there to do it.

I know there has been talk of mov­ing the statue fur­ther up the town but noth­ing has come of it.

So, let’s just trans­form the place it re­mains in.

And talk­ing about light­ing up places, Ardee Cas­tle looks so gloomy at the mo­ment.

What’s the chance of a spot­light be­ing mounted on a build­ing across the street to shine onto the cas­tle and re­ally brighten it up. There are is­sues over its on­go­ing clo­sure, but it shouldn’t be ig­nored.

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