A Student of History

November 29, 2006

Battle of the Boyne Center Shaping Up

Filed under: Historic Preservation,Ireland — John Maass @ 2:00 am

Replica artillery pieces feature in the Boyne project

From a BBC News report, here, from 28 November 2006, we learn that the plans for a new interpretive center and signs at the Boyne Battlefield (in Ireland) seem to be coming along well.  “The site of the iconic battle is being turned into a multi-million euro historical and interpretive facility by the Irish government.”  (Interestingly, the BBC article spins this as something only “Orange” Protestants in the North would be interested in.  They may be right.)  Anyway, the improvements to the site should bring in lots of tourists.

The battle was fought between William of Orange and Catholic King James II in 1690. The Protestant Orange Order celebrate William’s victory on 12 July. Last year, the Irish government announced it would spend 15m euro to fund a museum and interpretive centre at the site.

A small visitors’ centre is already operating and attracted 25,000 visitors last year. Plans for the future include an extended centre with maps, models and graphics depicting the battle.

Tourists are already drawn to reenactments at the site

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4 Comments »

  1. As one can see on the BBC website today, Ian Paisley and Bertie Ahern have visited together the site of the battle of the Boyne as part of their reconciliation process.

    The link is: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6647193.stm

    Comment by John Maass — May 11, 2007 @ 10:42 pm | Reply

  2. All good information but no map of site or how to get there.
    Well done Ireland very helpfull for turists.

    Comment by Bhajo Jaswal — June 6, 2007 @ 5:06 am | Reply

  3. That is typical of Irish tourism! The info they put out always seems to indicate the general area of the site/attraction/battlefield but once off the main road, the signs disappear…..

    Comment by John Maass — June 7, 2007 @ 1:11 pm | Reply

  4. Not a chance of it being built,the country is bankrupt!

    Comment by ciaran — January 30, 2009 @ 9:05 am | Reply


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