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Rath Lugh - Preservation Order



Oireachtas written answers   9 October 2007




Archaeological Survey of Ireland and Archive


text of TPO


National Monuments Temporary Preservation Order No. 1 of 2007 TEMPORARY PRESERVATION ORDER made by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government under sub-section (1) of Section 4 of the National Monuments (Amendment) Act 1954, (in accordance with the provisions of the Heritage (Transfer of Functions of Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland) Order 1996, the Arts, Culture, the Gaeltacht (Alteration of Name of Department and title of Minister) Order 1997, the Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2002, the Heritage (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2002 and the Environment and Local Government (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2003) as to the National Monument known as Rath Lugh, in the townland of Lismullin, Co. Meath (ME 032-025).

WHEREAS IT IS ENACTED by sub-section (1) of Section 4 of the National Monuments (Amendment) Act 1954, that where it appears to the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, that a monument which in his opinion is a National Monument, is in immediate danger of injury or destruction, the Minister may by Order undertake the preservation of such monument.

WHEREAS IT IS ENACTED by sub-section (2) of Section 4 of the National Monuments (Amendment) Act 1954, that an Order shall, unless previously revoked by Order of the Minister, remain in force for a period of six months and shall then expire.

AND WHEREAS the Minister is of the opinion that the monument known Rath Lugh, in the townland of Lismullin, Co. Meath (ME 032-025) and more particularly delineated and defined in red on the map annexed hereto, dated 4 September 2007, is a National Monument.

AND WHEREAS it appears to the Minister that the said monument is in immediate danger of injury or destruction.

NOW the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in exercise of the power conferred on him by sub-section (1) of Section 4 of the National Monuments (Amendment) Act 1954, does by this Order undertake the preservation of the said monument.

THIS ORDER may be referred to as the National Monuments Temporary Preservation Order No. 1 of 2007.

GIVEN under the Official Seal of the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

John Gormley, T.D.,

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government this day of , 2007

A diagram of the affected area is available on www.savetara.com Downloads Page

Download pdf of Temporary Preservation Order -

 Download map of Temporary Preservation Order -



The way it was
The way it was



Overlay of M3 on aerial photos (from dublinstreams)

  zone of Temporary Preservation Order  


 At the Green Party Conference in Belfast on the 16th of Feb 2008 - John Gormley promised the Tara protestors on the steps of the Wellington Park Hotel that the temporary Preservation Order on Rath Lugh would be made into a Permanent one . We were told by people coming out that he repeated this promise inside the hall in front of about sixty people .

I have written to his office reminding him of this and have received an acknowledgement that the contents of my letter have been noted . I will make sure this is followed up .

The unexcavated souterrain though is outside this area though - not on Rath Lugh- and due to mapping error was not thought to be in the zone affected by the M3 .





Unexcavated Souterrain




Press Release. Save Tara Campaign, 22nd. February 2008, 21:00.

Souterrain threatened by M3 construction


The Save Tara Campaign has learned that a slip road will pass within 7 metres of a souterrain at Lismullin in the Gabhra Valley, Co. Meath instead of the supposed 100 metres. Protesters stopped construction work and tree felling at the site of the souterrain this morning 22nd. February. The structure has not been excavated as it was not one of the sites initially listed as being impacted by the motorway route.

This souterrain is just the latest in a line of new sites that are coming to light in this area after the initial surveys had been carried out. They include the ancient temple, a wood henge, that was declared a National Monument in May 2007. The geophysical survey had failed to identify the huge site. Soon afterwards a souterrain was discovered close to the henge and during excavation a huge decorated stone was uncovered bearing megalithic art that is very similar to that found at Newgrange and Knowth (c.3000 B.C). This again showed the connection between Tara and the Gabhra Valley as the nearest example of megalithic art is to be found in the passage tomb of the Mound of the Hostages on the summit of the Hill of Tara. In terms of style this example also bears a remarkable similarity to that found in this monument. The stone had been split in ancient times to fit into the souterrain and the remaining section may lie somewhere else in this archaeological complex.

The ancient promontory fort of Rath Lugh watches over this entire area and the M3 is planned to pass within 20 metres of this site despite NRA assurances that it would be 110 metres away from it. Minister John Gormley placed a Temporary Preservation Order on Rath Lugh but this will not prevent the road from passing dangerously close to the foundations of the Rath that include an esker - an unstable geological feature made up of sand and gravel.

Dr. Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin said: "This proves again, if proof were needed, the rich archaeological heritage of the Gabhra Valley and that this route should never have been chosen for the road. We call on Minister Gormley to act now before another archaeological site is destroyed. All these sites are part of the greater Tara landscape. Another major mistake has been made in the location of this souterrain. How many more mistakes have been made or will be made?"


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Dr. Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin
Tel: 087-9249510
E-Mail: info@savetara.com
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Location Map.
Related Articles:
Photos of threatened souterrain.
Newly discovered National Monument on the route of the M3.
Minister Gormley places Temporary Preservation Order on Rath Lugh.
Megalithic art found at Lismullin Souterrain.




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this is the description of the souterrain in question -  SMR 21 on the map - and  inventory no 436

on page 8

RMP No ME032:021
Inventory No 436
Site Type Souterrain
NGR 293200, 261950

Distance 40m from road realignment and 130m from proposed motorway

A section of a souterrain passage (length 5m) is built into the side of a steep ridge. It is describedin the RMP files as being of dry-stone construction, corbelled towards the roof, which is lintelled,and varying in height. It was discovered in 1969, but was unstable and could not be further examined. It is situated at the foot of a ridge in a forestry plantation.


  but it is not as stated  , 150 metres from the road - due to mapping error ..the real distance seems to be  7 ....  !!!


Here is the PDF with the list of monuments:
The list of monuments within 500m of the road take. But this does not
include the slip roads. Page 5 of the document:




many maps of the path of the M3



pdf Geophysical Survey - link below - page 5 -

the sliproad with the unexcavated souterrain is off this map - to the top left

but the souterrain is described and numbered differently ( wrongly ? ) in this than in other documents -




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