Conservation plan required for cairn of Queen Maeve atop Knocknarea

A meeting of Sligo County Council has heard there is an incredible amount of damage being done to one of the most significant historic monuments in the country, the stone cairn over Queen Maeve’s grave on the summit of Knocknarea.

Sinn Fein Councillor Chris MacManus says a small number of people climb on top of the cairn while Fine Gael Councillor Sinead Maguire says people can be seen coming down the mountain carrying rocks from the cairn.

A local resident in the area also told Ocean FM News recently that some people have been digging up quartz stones from around the base of the cairn.

Sligo County Council Senior Planner Frank Moylan told councillors the Office of Public Works is to advertise for consultants to prepare a conservation plan for the cairn.

Cllr MacManus insists he does not want to see all access to the site blocked but he says the cairn must be protected.