George Eogan "lashes Bremore Port location"
Expert lashes Bremore port location
"Speaking at a recent meeting of the Balbriggan Historical Society, Professor George Eogan said the area on both sides of the Delvin River from Gormanston to Bremore is a large Megalithic cemetery dating from 3,500BC.
He said this has been recorded, researched and written about for well over 100 years and added the mounds on this site are legally protected under the National Monuments Act of 1930.
The meeting was attended by a number of luminaries including former Green Party leader Trevor Sergeant and the Fingal County Manager.
Prof Eogan believes that Bremore may have been the first point of entry for the settlements of what is now known as Fingal/East Meath and the Boyne Valley area.
He has written a detailed report on the history of the area and the historical value of the site at Bremore.
Local historian Brendan Matthews has also expressed his concerns about the development of a new port on such a historical site and raised the issue as far back as 2005.
He said that in the immediate vicinity of the proposed deep-water port, there are the remains of at least five megalithic tombs or burial chambers, while to the north of Bremore there are the remains of at least another six tombs scattered over a wide area from Knocknagin to Lowther Lodge.
However, responding to the professor's report and lecture, CEO of Drogheda Port, Paul Fleming said they recognise that there is archaeology at Bremore and will deal with it in an upfront and professional manner.
He said the archaeology of the site was just one element in what was a complicated and multi-faceted site selection process which took two years to complete.
Other factors included the importance of the deep water site, the road network and accessibility, the absence of any major residential activity, the availability of a landbank and the environmental impact in terms of its carbon footprint, he said.The archaeology is just one of the elements involved and we will deal with that in an upfront way. We have engaged our consultants who will carry out an environmental impact study (EIS) and they will be working with us over the next six to nine months, he said.We intend to deal with the archaeology in a world-class manner and we will, of course, take on board anything said by Professor Eogan."
Posted by CianMcLiam
10th June 2008ce