Killaghtee’s historic early medieval church, cross and graveyard has been selected as one of five heritage sites in Ireland to join the Heritage Council’s prestigious Adopt-a-Monument scheme.
Following a call for applications opened in September 2021, more than 40 community groups across the country applied to adopt a monument in their locality.
The program aims to empower communities to become actively involved in the conservation and interpretation of their local archaeological and heritage sites.
“Dunkineely Community Limited is to be commended for making a strong application to the Heritage Council to have Old Killaghtee Church and historic graveyard included in the Adopt a Monument scheme,” said County Donegal Heritage Officer Joseph Gallagher. .
“The selection process is highly competitive and involves the National Monuments Service, the Discovery Program, a community archaeologist and Abarta Heritage. The bid had cross-community support from the local Tidy Towns committee and the Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland and Methodist churches.
“The Adopt-a-Monument program will provide expertise, mentorship, training, support and networking to help preserve and protect the monument for future generations. The Adopt a Monument program is managed by Abarta Heritage on behalf of the Heritage Council and also works with communities to prepare a conservation management plan and secure funding.
“Support for surveying and investigative work will be provided by the Discovery Program, which is the state’s archaeological research institute.”
The peninsula stretching from Dunkineely to St. John’s Point has many important heritage sites. Killaghtee Cross (DG098-013002-), Old Killaghtee Church (DG098-013001-) and Graveyard (DG098-013004-) and a bullaun stone (DG098-013003-) are all protected archaeological monuments under National Monuments Acts (1930-2014). ) on the site Adopt a Monument in Beaugreen Glebe Township.
The graveyard is one of 50 historic graveyards under the care of Donegal County Council. Community groups in County Donegal have successfully secured places for three archaeological monuments in the county under the scheme in the past, so Killaghtee’s Old Church, Cross and Graveyard will join Doon Fort near of Ardara, Kilbarron Castle near Rossnowlagh and the Old Church of Malin Well near Malin Head in the scheme.
If you would like to find out more about these archaeological monuments, or archaeological monuments in your area, you can visit the National Monuments Service website at www.archaeology.ie.
Other heritage sites around the country included in this year’s program are an Anglo-Norman motte castle in the heart of Inniskeen, County Monaghan; St James’s Church in Dingle, County Kerry (home to the Other Voices music festival), a circular fort in Baltimore, West Cork, perched above Church Strand Bay; and Dunmanogue Church and Graveyard in Kildare.
The Adopt a Monument program offers the opportunity to become actively involved in the conservation and interpretation of heritage sites in your area; collaborate and work together as a community; participate in community development; stimulate regional tourism, business and employment opportunities; and develop and understand the history of your locality and learn new skills.
Advice and assistance in making a future application for the Adopt-a-Monument scheme is available from the Donegal County Heritage Office, Donegal County Council on (074) 917 2576 or email [email protected]
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