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From: William Finnerty
To: Editor (The Irish Times)
Cc: TV3 ; Tuam Herald ; TG4 (Newsdesk) ; Sunday Business Post ; RTE (Irish National TV Station) ; Irish Times ; Irish Independent Newspaper Group (Unison) ; Irish Examiner Newspaper ; Irish Emigrant Newspaper ; Ireland On Sunday ; Galway Advertiser Editor (Mr Declan Varley) ; Connacht Tribune Editor (Mr John Cunningham) ; Galway Bay FM (local Radio Station)
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2001 4:37 PM
Subject: Archaeological sites

Dear Irish Times Editor,

I was very pleased to see the archaeological article (relating to Counties Meath and Louth) written by Ms. Eileen Battersby in the "Weekend" section (page 8) of last Saturday's Irish Times (i.e. June 9th 2001).

You may wish to be informed that some ancient heritage sites in east County Galway are also under very serious threat, and that the source of the overall threat is not by any means restricted to projects involving the National Roads Authority. If interested, please see an example contained in the photographs of the "pre-historic hurling field (?)", as some now refer to it, near the Hill of Grange (New Inn, County Galway) at the www page address immediately below:

The above matter concerning the Hill of Grange has been brought to the attention of several senior politicians, to Garda Commissioner Pat Byrne, and to a number of others who are involved with heritage protection. Written acknowledgements of receipt for the information in question have been received by me from the Garda Síochána, and from Mr. Noel Dempsey, T.D., Minister for the Environment and Local Government; for further information on this subject please see www page address:

Though I have not inquired, and I have not heard or been told anything regarding this particular aspect of the situation, I cannot help feeling that the recent alterations made to the field near the Hill of Grange might have been carried out with the aid of a government grant (of one kind or another).

I would like to finish this letter by stating that, in connection with my efforts at protecting ancient monuments, I have had a steady flow of supportive e-mails during the past two years or so from people of Irish decent living overseas. When the views of this widely dispersed group of people are combined, and put in a nutshell, they amount to this: "One of very best ways for Ireland to protect its future, it to protect its past (as in ancient archaeological sites)". In sharp contrast, and for whatever reason, I have had almost no interest or support at all from the vast majority of people who live in Ireland.


Mr. William Finnerty.

Email:  wfinnerty@eircom.net
Web site:  http://homepage.eircom.net/~williamfinnerty/





From: William Finnerty
To: Labour Party ; Fine Gael ; Sinn Fein ; Green Party ; Democratic Left  (Main political opposition parties in Republic of Ireland)
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2001 4:52 PM
Subject: Fw: Archaeological sites

From: William Finnerty
To: eamon.ocuiv@oireachtas.ie ; frank.fahey@oireachtas.ie; michael_d_higgins@oireachtas.irlgov.ie; michael.kitt@oireachtas.ie ; Minister Noel Treacy: webmaster@educ.irlgov.ie ; padraic.mccormack@oireachtas.ie ; paul.connaughton@oireachtas.ie ; ulick.burke@oireachtas.ie ; Minister Bobby Molloy: mary_lane@environ.irlgov.ie ; (Nine TD's - i.e. Members of Parliament - representing County Galway)
Sent: Sunday, June 17, 2001 3:34 PM
Subject: Fw: Archaeological sites (Irish Times)

Nine Members of Parliament (TDs) representing County Galway:
East Galway (4 TDs)
  &   West Galway (5 TDs)

From: William Finnerty
To: beverly.cooper_flynn@oireachtas.ie ; denis.foley@oireachtas.ie ; harry.blaney@oireachtas.ie ; jackie.healy-rae@oireachtas.ie ; liam.lawlor@oireachtas.ie ; mildred.fox@oireachtas.ie ; seamus.healy@oireachtas.ie ; tom.gildea@oireachtas.ie ; tony.gregory@oireachtas.ie ; michael.lowry@oireachtas.ie (Ten Independent TDs - i.e. Members of Parliament who are not tightly aligned with any of the main political groups)
Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2001 10:40 PM
Subject: Fw: Archaeological sites (Copies to Independent TDs)

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