A Student of History

October 24, 2007

A proposal to remove Turoe Stone

Filed under: Historic Preservation,Ireland — John Maass @ 9:13 am

From Galway Independent (on-line):

A proposal to remove the landmark Turoe Stone from its location near Loughrea is meeting fierce opposition in the local area.

The stone is one of the finest examples of La Tène art in Europe and predates Christ. However, due to concerns that the stone is becoming increasingly vulnerable to the elements, a meeting has taken place between officials from the National Museum (to which the stone officially belongs), the Office of Public Works and the Galway City Museum.

According to Breandán O’hEaghra of the Galway City Museum, the stone is an artefact of “enormous significance”. It has been located in Turoe for over 150 years and before that at its original location at the Rath of Feerwore, an Iron Age ring-fort structure, at nearby Kiltullagh.

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