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Fearon praises repair of 5,000 year-old Slieve Gullion burial cairn

18 May, 2015 - by Megan Fearon

Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon praised volunteers and archaeologists who repaired a 5,000-year-old burial cairn on Slieve Gullion in south Armagh at the weekend. 

The Newry and Armagh MLA said; 

"The 5,000-year-old cairn tomb on Slieve Gullion is one of the great archaeological treasures of Ireland and is designed to line up with the sun on the winter solstice. 

"Unfortunately in recent years it had been damaged as a result of exposure to the elements and accidental damage caused by hill walkers. 

"On Sunday volunteers joined archaeologists to climb Slieve Gullion to work to repair the burial cairn. 

"The Ring of Gullion Landscape Project must be praised for their excellent work in getting this important site repaired and the way in which they involved the local community. 

"As well as being part of our history, it can also be part of the future with the numbers of tourists it brings to the local area.

"This tomb is part of the reason why up to 20,000 visitors come to the Ring of Gullion every year. We must ensure its value as a tourist attraction is balanced with preserving the burial cairn for future generations."

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