More for Boyne site?

The Boyne Foundation has announced its plans to further develop the Battle of the Boyne site by transforming the slopes around the river and development of a picnic/barbecue area. This would complement the new Centre and proposals to rebuild the Boyne obelisk.

  • Good.

    I’ll go and have a bar b on the slopes when its done…

    was at the centre a few weeks ago and enjoyed it – musket display etc – all very interesting… and the sun was shining too…

    would be nice to have access to the slopes…

  • joeCanuck

    Why rebuild the obelisk? Did it fall into disrepair or was it damaged in a “blow for Ireland’s freedom”?

  • fair_deal

    Jc

    “was it damaged in a “blow for Ireland’s freedom”?”

    Blown up. IIRC it was not by the IRA (although they are sometimes incorrectly blamed) but by half a dozen members of the fledging Irish Army (of it appears did it of their own volition)

  • Greagoir O’ Frainclin

    Anyways, NI Unionists and 1690 enthusiasts should be delighted that all this is happening.
    All payed for by the good ‘Eire’ taxpayers.
    Now, will they be willing to cross their ‘border’ and spend a few bob visiting it and us down south!

  • Greagoir O’ Frainclin

    …and all Orangemen are welcome too of course! Sure we might see the day soon that they can all march up and down the banks of the Boyne.
    Well it would keep them off the streets!

  • *

    What is it with Pope’s and obelisks?
    There is one in the Vatican and now there is one at a famous battle site where he financed the victor.

  • Dec

    IIRC it was not by the IRA (although they are sometimes incorrectly blamed) but by half a dozen members of the fledging Irish Army (of it appears did it of their own volition

    You’re older than I thought given we’re talking 1923 here. Personally, I believe the version that has Frank Aitken’s (later to become Tánaiste) unit responsible.

  • Greagoir O’ Frainclin

    “What is it with Pope’s and obelisks?”

    Na it’s not just popes, for there are obelisks everywhere around the world!

    – Associated with ancient Egypt, adopted by the classical world, obelisks are architectural devices to provide focal points in cities and are usually dedicated to historical events or famous people.

    ie The Washington Monument, Cleopatra’s Needle in Paris, the Wellington monument in the Phoenix Park, Dublin – dedicated to the Dublinman himself and the Battle of Waterloo!

  • fair_deal

    Dec

    “I believe the version”

    Aitken was certainly no stranger to sectarian violence but still think he was a blamehound in this case. Either way one set of irish nationalists destroyed it.

  • Dec

    Aitken was certainly no stranger to sectarian violence but still think he was a blamehound in this case.

    He certainly wasn’t given that the treatment the RIC and Specials dealt out to Nationalists and Aitken’s family in particular in Armagh.

    Either way one set of irish nationalists destroyed it.

    Either way it was just a rock. And now Irish nationalist money is rebuilding it.

  • … Either way it was just a rock.

    The Boyne Obelisk

  • fair_deal

    Dec

    “Either way it was just a rock”

    If it had been “just a rock” why would anyone have gone to the bother of destroying it?

  • Or was it like this?

    The Boyne Obelisk (version 2)

    Strange how different two contemporary pictures of the same thing can be. I wonder what the new one will look like?

  • Greagoir O’ Frainclin

    “Either way one set of irish nationalists destroyed it.

    Either way it was just a rock. And now Irish nationalist money is rebuilding it.”

    And ain’t it a good positive gesture by Irish Republicans to the Orangemen.