Friday, April 11, 2014

Update on Drumclay Crannog Report | response from Minister Mark H. Durkan

I recently published the response I had from Prof.Gabriel Cooney (March 13th 2014) to my enquiries as to the status of the report ‘Review of the context of the excavation of a crannog in Drumclay townland, Co. Fermanagh on the route of the Cherrymount Link Road’. Although we got the apparent title of the report, there was no information other than it would be ‘released shortly’.  Following form that, I wrote to the current Minister for the Environment, Mark H. Durkan (March 22nd 2014) asking the same question. On March 25th 2014 I received notification that ‘The content of your correspondence has been noted and a response will issue in due course’. Today (April 11th 2014) I have received the following response from Brian McKervey, on behalf of the Minister:

Drumclay crannog during excavation
“Mr Chapple
 Thank you for your email of 22 March to Minister Durkan, who has asked me to respond on his behalf, about the publication of the Review of the context of the excavation of a crannóg in Drumclay townland County Fermanagh, on the route of the Cherrymount Link Road.
 Please note that the Minister has considered the contents of this report, and is in the process of sharing its content with Executive colleagues and the Chairs of the Environment and the Culture, Arts and Leisure Committees.  Following on from this, he hopes to make the contents of the Review more widely available and is happy to provide you with a copy directly.
 Brian McKervey
 Acting Director of Built Heritage
NIEA”

Artefacts on display on an excavation open day

We’re not any further on, but there is at least the tantalising promise that he ‘hopes to make the contents of the Review more widely available’ … we’ll just have to wait and see. Any further updates will be posted here!