08 September 2005

Battle site experts meet at Boyne


08/09/2005 - 07:05:59

Experts on world battle sites gather at the Battle of the Boyne in Co Louth today for a special workshop.

The event will draw site managers from Gettysburg in the US, Culloden in Scotland, Waterloo and Flanders in Belgium and Hastings and Bosworth in Britain.

Information and expertise will be shared at the workshop which is hosted by Irish Foreign Affairs Minster and local TD, Dermot Ahern.

Mr Ahern said: “All these tragic locations that have shaped history. We can learn from their experience of developing these sites which, in a sense, stand as monuments to a bloody past that should never be repeated.

“I have no doubt that once opened the Boyne battle site will prove to be one of Ireland's major visitor attractions.”

Mr Ahern will also formally launch the development plan for the Boyne site which was purchased by the state in 2000 and has been open to the public since 2002.

A full planning application will be lodged with Meath County Council next month seeking permission to build a visitor exhibition centre and other facilities.

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