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No council support but funding opportunity available for Faughart Graveyard

Faughart Graveyard
Faughart Graveyard. Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons License.

Faughart Graveyard has been identified as a heritage site with tourism potential that may be in line for some funding to enhance the tourist-related properties at the ancient site – but it won’t receive financial support from Louth County Council.

Fine Gael councillor John Reilly tabled a motion at Tuesday’s Dundalk Municipal District meeting calling on Louth County Council to enhance the tourist information at Faughart Graveyard, reported burial place of the Scottish King, Edward the Bruce, following his army’s defeat at the Battle of Faughart on October 14 1318.

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The site has added historical significance as the reputed birthplace of Saint Brigid.

Cllr Reilly had previously spoken about how the site was not properly sign-posted and had no real history of tourists travelling to Faughart.

In response to Cllr Reilly’s motion, Frank Pentony, the local authority’s Director of Services for Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development said that the graveyard was not owned by Louth County Council and there was no funding available within the current budget for tourism enhancement.

However, he did confirm that a report was commissioned by Local Action Groups – Leader and Development companies in Louth, Cavan and Monaghan – to identify heritage sites with tourism potential and to recommend works that could be undertaken related to interpretation and access.

Mr Penton confirmed that Faughart Graveyard was among those sites identified in the report that was completed in May of this year.

The local authority are hopeful the LAGs can utilise the report to apply for Louth Leader funding to carry out tourism enhancement works including signage, an interpretation panel, and more.

A Local Action Group (LAG) is a non profit-making composition made up of public and private organisations from rural villages having a broad representation from different socio-economic sectors.

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Also on Tuesday evening, Cllr Reilly tabled another motion calling on the council to upgrade the cattle and sheep grides at Bavan and Edentubber in north Louth to prevent livestock wondering off the commonage of the Cooley Mountains.

The local authority committed to repair the grids if required but said going forward they would avoid installing new cattle grids on public roads.

They cited the dangers of crossing the grids on bicycles and the potential for skidding in hilly areas due to the low slip surface of the steel bars on the grids.

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