TD seeking funding for development of important Sligo historical site as tourist attraction

‘Local group annoyed over lack of progress on preparation of  site conservation report’

Sligo News File Online


Tony McLoughlin, TD, Fine Gael, Sligo-Leitrim
Tony McLoughlin, TD,
Fine Gael, Sligo-Leitrim

A neglected historic site close to the centre of Sligo could become a major tourist attraction if the government allocates funds for its restoration.

The site, known as Green Fort, dates back hundreds of years, and was used during one period as a military fortification to defend the town from intruders approaching from the harbour. It is a site of immense historical importance – the only remaining one of its kind in the country – which a local TD is now moving to have developed as “a fully accessible and interpretive tourist attraction.”

Tony McLoughlin said he was invited to visit the area by
representatives of the Fort Hill Men’s Group who are anxious to see the site rehabilitated and promoted as a part of the region’s tourism industry.

“The Group,” he said, “is particularly annoyed with the lack of  progress in producing a conservation report into the possibilities for the site.”

Since then he has raised the issue with Office of Public Works Minister, Simon Harris, with the Heritage Council of Ireland, Sligo County Council  and Sligo Leadership Partnership, and is now also proposing to make “strong representations” to Heather Humphreys, the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Forthill“The future for growth in Sligo is heavily linked to tourism related investments, and this is one of a large host of projects which I am focussed on developing in the county over the coming years,” he added