Seven new sites have been chosen to take part in the 2017 Adopt a Monument Scheme run by the Heritage Council. The sites from across Ireland range in size and date from an early medieval ringfort in Limerick, to the precarious ruins of a medieval castle on an Atlantic cliff in Donegal and a nineteenth century mining landscape in Slieveardagh, County Tipperary.
Speaking about the sites chosen, Ian Doyle, Head of Conservation at The Heritage Council said, “While it was originally planned to have just four new sites join the Scheme, we received over 50 applications from community groups across Ireland. The energy and enthusiasm of the seven groups shortlisted made it impossible to choose between them. Each of the sites are unique and represent important aspects of Ireland’s heritage. We are really looking forward to working with the community in each area to uncover the stories of their local archeological and heritage site”, added Doyle.
The seven sites chosen include;
- Knockboy Medieval Parish Church, County Waterford
- Kilbarron Castle, County Donegal
- Mountbellew Walled Garden, County Galway
- St. Molaing’s Millrace, St. Mullins, County Carlow
- Old St. Peter’s Church, Portlaoise, County Laois
- Earlshill Colliery and Powder House, Slieveardagh, County Tipperary
- Kilfinane Motte, County Limerick
– Download full press release
– Heritage Council website