By Dan Walsh
The famous Ballyhogue Famine Wall, in accordance with Section 55 of the Planning and Development Act (Amended), been formally added to the Record of Protected Structures following a public consultation. The decision was unanimously supported by members at today’s monthly meeting of Wexford County Council held by Microsoft Teams due to the Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions.
Senior planner, Diarmuid Heuston said; “In total the County Council received 61 submissions from the public and one from the statutory bodies (Failte Ireland). All of the submissions are in favour of protecting the wall although some questioned the details in the information report that the Council had prepared as part of the process to protect sections of the wall from demolition.”
The matter had been informed to the Office of the minister in charge of Heritage, but no response was forthcoming.
Local historian Eithne Scallan favoured the decision. She said; “There is no similar structure with such an important background of culture and history and highlights the importance of maintaining such a significant structure as the Ballyhogue Famine Wall.”
Public representatives who supported the venture included Senator Malcolm Byrne and Deputy Johnny Mythen, TD, who stated; “The Ballyhogue Famine Wall represents a special time in our history and is possibly one of the few walls of that era in existence and it should be placed on the list to preserve and maintain our history and heritage and act as a reminder that our ancestors built this structure during one of the toughest times in Wexford’s history.”