04/11/11

04/11/2011 Minister Deenihan Announces Conservation Works to Mound on Hill of Tara

Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, today (Friday 4th November, 2011) has announced the start, next week, of a programme of essential conservation works to the Mound of the Hostages on the Hill of Tara in County Meath.

The Mound of the Hostages, Duma na nGiall, is one of the most prominent monuments among the concentration of prehistoric sites on the Hill of Tara.

The covering of the Mound is showing signs of significant degradation which, according to the Minister, “has begun to increase as a result of the very inclement weather over the last few years”.

Minister Deenihan said that a non-invasive geophysical survey had already been completed which will now be followed by investigative archaeological excavations that will be overseen by his Department and the Office of Public Works. “The excavations will continue throughout November 2011 and the results will feed into a detailed conservation and management plan for the Mound” added the Minister.

The Minister confirmed that that it would be necessary to fence off the Mound for the duration of the works in order to facilitate the investigations and in the interests of safety. “Unfortunately there will have to be restrictions on access to the Mound itself but the rest of the Hill will not be affected”, he said. The Minister added that, apart from being a huge attraction for tourists in County Meath and the Boyne Valley area “the Hill of Tara contains some our most important national monuments which we must take special care of to ensure that they are preserved for future generations to enjoy and appreciate”.

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