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‘On the Pig’s Back’ as Monaghan’s Black Pig’s Dyke gets set for international fame

May 16, 2022 16:05 By News Northern Sound
‘On the Pig’s Back’ as Monaghan’s Black Pig’s Dyke gets set for international fame ‘On the Pig’s Back’ as Monaghan’s Black Pig’s Dyke gets set for international fame
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'A secret that is waiting to be shared with the public'

“A secret that is waiting to be shared with the public”.   

This is how James Hennessey of The Paul Hogarth Company described the Black Pig’s Dyke site outside Scotshouse which is to be excavated and developed.  

He was speaking during the Ballybay/Clones Municipal District meeting earlier today following a survey that was carried out locally as part of a concerted effort to move the project on. 

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The meeting heard that people are excited about the initiative and are focused on access to the site as well as the installation of appropriate signage in the area. 

Mr Hennessey told those gathered that the site was not just of national importance but was also of international significance.

It is one of the world’s oldest sites and one of the most ‘intact sites’ in Ireland, the meeting heard. 

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And, it bridges the gap between the Bronze Age and the Iron Age in this country.  

The meeting was told that all the information on the site would now be gathered and the help of an ecologist would be sought. 

Engagement will also begin shortly with landowners.  

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Mr Hennessey added that land will be required for development of space in Scotshouse. 

Cllr Pat Treanor, meanwhile, said that while it was an ‘ambitious’ project it was also practical and was one that could be developed over time. 

Cllr Seamus Coyle agreed with his sentiments.

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