On Friday of last week (27th August) An Taisce wrote to Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts Heritage and Gaeltacht, during Heritage Week 2015 seeking a Preservation Order on a Bronze Age archaeological discovery of trackways (toghers) at Mayne Bog Co Westmeath, these are dated 800-1,200 BC.

An Taisce believes these trackways are currently being destroyed - see our Press Release of 27th August 2015 http://www.antaisce.org/articles/internationally-important-irish-archaeological-monument-being-destroyed-during-heritage

An Taisce belives that by reason of European and National importance this trackway is a “National Monument” as defined by Section 2 of the 1930 Act namely “a monument or the remains of a monument the preservation of which is a matter of national importance by reason of the historical, architectural, traditional, artistic, or archaeological interest attaching thereto”

So we have formally written directly to the Minister to request herurgent intervention to make a Preservation Order on the above and subject any further development to Environmental Impact Assessment under SI 249 of 2012.

Link to the letter here http://www.antaisce.org/sites/antaisce.org/files/20150827-maynebog_0.pdf

Trackway before https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxEVOTzgFnKELUhFOUZBbUQ0MjQ/view?usp=sharing

Trackway after https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxEVOTzgFnKEUE1JdEFrc2IxYjQ/view?usp=sharing


For further information, please call:
Charles Stanley-Smith, Communications, An Taisce Tel: +353 87 241 1995
Ian Lumley, Heritage Officer, An Taisce Tel: +353 1 454 1786
email: [email protected]
An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland