Written answers

Thursday, 6 May 2021

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Heritage Projects

Photo of Fergus O'DowdFergus O'Dowd (Louth, Fine Gael)
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62. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the position regarding the 12 foot medieval longboat which was discovered on the bed of the River Boyne, Drogheda in July 2007 and taken for preservation and conservation by the Department of the Environment at that time; the present location and state of preservation of the boat; if the boat can now be placed on public display in a suitably controlled environment in Drogheda in view of its unique and special national and international significance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23332/21]

Photo of Malcolm NoonanMalcolm Noonan (Carlow-Kilkenny, Green Party)
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The boat was discovered during the course of dredging works by the Port of Drogheda following which my Department's National Monuments Service (NMS) carried out a full excavation in 2007 in collaboration with the National Museum of Ireland and the port authorities.

The remains are of an almost fully intact 16thcentury clinker built coastal trader, including a cargo of 13 barrels. Post-excavation work undertaken by NMS included specialist analysis of the barrel material showing salted fish as the contents at the time of the sinking but that the barrels had originally been used to import wine from France. On completion of the post-excavation analysis, the wreck and barrel material were transferred to the National Museum of Ireland where they remain undergoing conservation.

The National Museum is responsible for the on-going conservation of the wreck and for any plans in relation to its future presentation to the public.


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