Councillors vow to keep crannog artefacts in Fermanagh

Published: 6 Dec 2012 13:000 comments

FERMANAGH District Council is determined to ensure that any artefacts discovered at the ancient dwelling beside the new Cherrymount Link Road remain in the County for "generations to come".

Cathy Moore, wood find specialist displays a wooden pounder, (beetle), to the general public at Saturday's open day at Drumclay Crannog excavation.

Commending the work behind the scenes to organise the weekend's successful open day at the Drumclay Crannog, councillors were in agreement at their monthly meeting that the precious items should be retained in their home County.

Over 700 people flocked to the crannog on Saturday to see for themselves the site 'international significance'.

Guided tours and introductory talks at Fermanagh County Museum were provided.

Sinn Fein councillor Tommy Maguire said the open day had allowed the opportunity to demonstrate Enniskillen's "sophisticated culture" from long ago.

"The depth of the history involved here is very exciting," he said.

Fellow party member, Brian McCaffrey said Environment Minister Alex Attwood was keen to hold another open day in the new year, such was the level of interest in the crannog.

Acknowledging that the site and its contents "tell the story of our County's past", Fermanagh District Council chairman, Thomas O'Reilly said the items should remain here.

"We would like to see that these artefacts are retained in the County and have them in our museum. Some times these things disappear by default, but this is an ideal opportunity to tell some of the history of the County."

Chief Executive Brendan Hegarty said he had personally raised the matter with Mr Attwood.

"He is well aware that's our view," Mr Hegarty assured, "Subject to funding down the line we are looking to enhance the Enniskillen Museum and we feel it is only right that these artefacts should be retained in Fermanagh. Therefore we will be making the request."

Independent councillor Bernice Swift agreed that the Council should "make the demand that the items be stored here for future generations".

"It is precious that we have this fantastic crannog here in Fermanagh," she said, "I look forward to our history being rewritten.

"I wonder has anyone any concerns now about the road being delayed. Is it possible that they (Roads Service) can just rail road over this precious site? I for one wouldn't want to see this happening until the archaeologists are satisfied their work is complete."

UUP councillor Basil Johnston queried whether the Northern Ireland Environment Agency had known a crannog existed at the site when Roads Service planning approval was given to commence work on the Link Road.

"We can't speak for them but we believe that they did know," said Mr Hegarty.

The Chief Executive said excavation had been allowed until the end of December.

"It is our view that the archaeologists don't think work will be completed by the end of December," he added.

Director of Leisure, Development and Arts, Robert Gibson, explained the work involved the exploration of some five metres.

To date, only three metres had been explored.

"We have waited long enough for roads in Fermanagh, I'm happy to wait until we are satisfied the work is completed," said Ms Swift.

Jump to first paragraph.


comments powered by Disqus

Get more stories from our Roundup section

20 Apr 2014 19:00

'We want to do it for the supporters' - Davy Black

Clogher Valley coach David Black has vowed to make up for their All Ireland Junior Cup Final defeat by winning the Ulster Towns’ Cup for their supporters when they take on Donaghadee at Ravenhill on Easter Monday.


20 Apr 2014 15:00 • Julie Kenwell

Family ‘sick of thought’ of third round of heart surgery for Alfie

THE family of Bellanaleck toddler, Alfie Keys are nervously looking ahead to this September.

Social: Comments0 comments

20 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

Trust identifies ‘extreme risks’ that could kill patients

Extreme risks have been identified by the Western Trust which could “compromise client safety” or even lead to “injury or death of patients or staff”.

Social: Comments0 comments

20 Apr 2014 09:00 • Editorial Department

‘End of an era’ for Leslie and McCrea family

Tempo Primary’s long serving caretaker - whose family has a long connection with the Fermanagh school - was paid a warm tribute at the start of the school’s Easter Holidays.

Social: Comments0 comments

19 Apr 2014 21:00 • Brian Donaldson

First election nominations made at Townhall

The countdown to the first election for seats on the new Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on May 22 has begun with the first candidates nominating at Enniskillen Townhall this week.

Social: Comments0 comments

19 Apr 2014 17:10

Mallards gain another crucial point in safety battle

Ballinamallard took another step closer to safety as they claimed a share of the spoils at home to Ballymena today.


19 Apr 2014 15:00 • Meadhbh Monahan

Leading anti-fracker believes local protesters are on the right track

Founder of Frack Free Sussex and Britain and Ireland Frack Free, Vanessa Vine visited Enniskillen last Saturday to discuss the local anti-fracking campaign.

Social: Comments0 comments

19 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

Road rage car chase for boxing champ who turned away from possible fight

A boxing champion shied away from a fight with a man over twice his age only to become embroiled in a road rage incident.


19 Apr 2014 11:00 • Editorial Department

Milk suppliers assured that Society is debt free

The forty-eight former Fivemiletown milk suppliers have been assured that Fivemiletown and Brookeborough Co-operative and Agricultural Dairy Society (the Society) is debt free and that they will “continue to be paid”.

Social: Comments0 comments

19 Apr 2014 09:00 • Rodney Edwards

Elliott votes against bill on powers for new Super Councils

ULSTER Unionist MLA Tom Elliott has joined his party colleagues in voting against the Local Government Bill, the legislation that sets out the powers of the new Super Councils. Mr. Elliott spoke of his concern around community planning ahead of the amalgamation which will see 26 Councils merge into 11, including the amalgamation of Fermanagh District Council and Omagh District Council


19 Apr 2014 08:30

Police name motorcyclist killed in Fivemiletown crash

Police can confirm that a male motorcyclist has died following a two vehicle road traffic collision on the Belfast Road in Fivemiletown last night, Friday 18 April.


18 Apr 2014 22:00 • Rodney Edwards

Orange audit: 93 per cent believe Catholics ‘suspicious’ of order

A MAJOR survey into the Orange Order in Fermanagh has found that 92.8 per cent of people who took part in the project believe Catholics are “suspicious” of the organisation.

Social: Comments0 comments

18 Apr 2014 19:00

'We have a big eight days ahead of us' - Anderson

By 5pm on Saturday April 26 all the decisions will be made in the Danske Bank Premiership and Championship One. The destination of the title will be decided and who is going down or which teams are facing a play off will be known.


18 Apr 2014 17:00 • Rodney Edwards

Enterprise Minister disagrees with keeping Aventas Group all locally owned

ENTERPRISE Minister Arlene Foster says she cannot support the view of local political representatives, including her DUP colleague Maurice Morrow, that the Aventas Group in Derrylin must remain exclusively locally owned.

Social: Comments0 comments

18 Apr 2014 15:00 • Editorial Department

Tweets of the Week - did you make it?

Charlie Lawson @charlie_lawson1 I’m reliably informed that my alter ego and constant companion is to return, so he is. Must contact The Home Secretary to confirm.

Social: Comments0 comments

18 Apr 2014 13:00 • Editorial Department

Foster vows to take school merger to the Assembly

“I am not powerless, I will fight this,” declares Stormont Minister Arlene Foster as she reflects on the fall-out over the proposal by the Western Education and Library Board to amalgamate Portora Royal School with Collegiate Grammar School.

Social: Comments0 comments

18 Apr 2014 11:00 • Lily Dane

Those were the days: Miss Derryclavin Selected

This image “Miss Derryclavin” Selected was featured in The Impartial Reporter on April 16, 1964.

Social: Comments0 comments

18 Apr 2014 08:30

Depression is an illness, mourners told at Kenny Andrews funeral

MOURNERS at the funeral of Brookeborough man Kenneth Andrews who died unexpectedly last week were told that the 47-year-old had been fighting a private battle with depression.


17 Apr 2014 19:00 • Rodney Edwards

#fermanaghspake This Week is...

‘I’m not half well’

Social: Comments0 comments

17 Apr 2014 18:06 • Rodney Edwards

Would-be Unionist politician admits Catholic Facebook question was 'badly worded'

A would-be politician seeking a seat in the new Fermanagh and Omagh Council for the Ulster Unionist Party has defended himself for a second time following comments he made on Facebook.