Minister urged to declare Aideen’s Grave a national monument

by Rose Barrett
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Pressure is mounting on Minister for Heritage, Malcolm Noonan to declare Aideen’s Grave a national monument and open the historic stone formation to the public.

Located within the grounds of Howth Castle, last year alone, at least 14,000 people visited the landmark dolmen grave via organised tours.  

While Minister Noonan visited Aideen’s Grave in recent weeks, members of the public can no longer access the landmark which stands on privately owned grounds.

Deputy Cian O’Callaghan (SD for Dublin Bay North) last week called on Minister Noonan to take action now, and make the historic landmark a national monument under state ownership along with sorting out rights of way, thereby guaranteeing the public access to Aideen’s Grave going forward.

However, Minister Noonan was a tad non-committal in his response stating that Aideen’s Grave was already afforded protection under the National Monuments Act. When Number 26 of the Historical & Archaeological Heritrage & Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2023 is passed, he can decide what action he will take but cannot comment upon it in advance.

Deputy Callaghan stated that under 89 (5) of the Bill, Deputy Noonan can write to the local authority to move forward on this issue. Despite repeated communications by the local community with the owners, no progress has been made.

Cllr Joan Hopkins (SD for Howth) stated almost three thousand people have signed a signature on a petition to have the historic feature opened to the public.

“This shows the strength of feeling in the local community that access to Aideen’s Grave should be protected for future generations. So many community groups and people simply weren’t allowed visit it this year!”

She added, “I have visited Aideen’s Grave, a really special place since I was a child. This is an incredibly valued piece of our heritage and must remain open to the public.”

You can sign the petition at…/aideen-s-grave-howth-estate…

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