A Co. Councillor has pledged his total support to restoring what he has described as one of “the most important monastic sites in the country.”
Cllr. Sean McEniff visited the Old Abbey in Donegal Town on Tuesday last and was shocked at the condition of the historical site which was also the main cemetery for many years.
Speaking to the Donegal Democrat McEniff said, “This is not just an election ploy - my wife Eilish has her family buried down here as have many other Donegal Town people. It has been treated with total disrespect. And with the amount of broken glass and disarded bottles it seems to be nothing more than a drinking den and a place of antisocial behaviour at night.”
The councillor continued, “What really has amazed me is that many of the older graves. many of which date back to the early 1700’s are actually sinking into the ground. If this is not addressed this area will be declared unsafe and closed off to the general public altogether.
McEniff continued, “I am not prepared to sit on this one - I will have my own people down here on Wednesday morning and get the grass cut and much of the rubbish cleared in this area.
“In the longer term I will immediately engage with Fás and try and will have people on the scheme to maintain this on a day to day basis and do a general restoration.
“I now also declare publicly that I will give €5,000 of my developmental fund and will donate a further €5,000 personally to restoring this historic asset to its former glory.”
Ernan McGettigan of the Community Chamber in Donegal welcome the initiative saying, “I am absolutely delighted with the news and can assure our total co-operation.”