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Senator Calls For The Curragh To Given National Heritage Status.

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The 2,000 year old plains are thought to be the oldest, and larges, tract of semi-natural grassland in Europe.

A Kildare Senator has called for the Curragh to be given National Heritage Status

The 2,000 year old plains are thought to be the oldest, and larges, tract of semi-natural grassland in Europe.

Spanning  5,000 acres, it was used as a meeting site for  Pre-Christian societies.

Sentor Fiona O'Loughlin raised the matter in the Seanad "We are luck in South Kildare to be home to the Curragh, and to have such a wealth of heritage and history on our doorsteps. The Curragh, which is a very unique landscape and a very important one geographically and historically needs to be protected sufficiently. We have seen a rise in illegal dumping, in illegal encampments in recent times and now more damage at the Gibbet Rath. It needs to be tackled”

“Sites such as the Gibbet Rath are of huge national historical importance. And in fact, in 1798, 350 Irish rebels were slaughtered there by British soldiers. We need to ensure that that history is fully protected and is preserved for the next generation."
 

 

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