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Plan To Erect 28 Hotel Bedrooms Near Rock Of Cashel Heritage Site, Sparks Outrage.

A current planning application seeking to build 28 hotel bedrooms in the vicinity of the Rock of Cashel, here in Co. Tipperary, has been described as outrageous by residents in Cashel.

This planning application follows a previous application last year for a similar project, which was subsequently withdrawn, due to the large number of objections.

Late Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away in September 2022, visited this site in 2011.

The proposed development (Ref 2260575) is seen as being detrimental to a bid by the Rock of Cashel site, to obtain UNESCO World Heritage Site nomination status; not to mention its impact on the immense history of the area.

We understand that not just locals, but Archaeologists, have objected to the planning application for the 28 hotel bedrooms; understood to be in two one-and-a-half-storey blocks, to be erected at Moor Lane in Cashel, on the southern base of the Rock.

The planning application, published in the Irish Examiner, has been submitted by Marymount Assets Limited, accompanied by a letter of consent from Trevester Unlimited Company, latter trading as Donoghues Bar, Mikey Ryan’s, and The Cashel Palace, Hotel.

The proposed application is seen as equivalent to developing a project a few metres from the great mound at Newgrange, Donore, Co. Meath.

Earlier this year, the Rock of Cashel tourist attraction was among three Irish applications sent for possible inclusion in the new ‘World Heritage Tentative List’ for Ireland, along with the 150 year old ‘Valentia Island Transatlantic Cable Station’; latter which heralded the birth of global communications, and the important ‘Passage Tomb Megalithic Complex’, which joins Carrowmore and Carrowkeel in west Co. Sligo.

In a submission sent to UNESCO, the Rock of Cashel is part of the Royal Sites of Ireland, which is strongly linked to myth and legend and associated with the transformation of Ireland from Paganism to Christianity.

Tipperary County Council officials, known for their failure to examine and protect Tipperary history, will accept submissions, on this application, up until November 28th next, with a decision expected to be announced on December 19th next.

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