to ancient sites
Meath Chronicle, April 22, Front Page:
Some of the 64 unexcavated
archaeological sites around the Ashbourne area
The Meath Archaeological
and Historical Society and residents in the area
The threat to the sites
has been brought to the attention of Duchas, the
Mr. Ephrem Feeley, a native
of Ashbourne, who became interested in the
Ashbourne Archaeological and Historical Society is also backing the campaign to protect the sites. Mr. Feeley undertook extensive research and study of the remains in the wider Ashbourne area from 1989 to 1992.
Mr. Feeley, who now works as a teacher in Co. Kildare, explained that the sites dated from 4000 BC to around 1000 AD. Their significance as evidence of continuous settlement in the Ashbourne area for a period of thousands of years could not be ignored, he commented.
Mr. Feeley is worried that they "would be destroyed during the building of this road." He went on: "Legally, these seven have to be excavated during the Environmental Impact Assessment and ideally they would be left alone and a new route chosen," said Mr. Feeley.
discoveries are a ring ditch at Killegland and
Meath Archaeological and Historical
Society secretary Oliver Ward, Nobber,