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Cooley Cross joins Adopt a Monument scheme 04.03.24

THE early medieval Cooley Cross church and historic graveyard near Moville has been selected to join the Heritage Council’s prestigious Adopt a Monument scheme. Following an open call for applications in October 2023, a large number of community groups countrywide applied to adopt a monument in their locality. The scheme offers communities expertise, mentoring and support to help them to care for their local heritage.

Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer said: “Moville Tidy Towns are to be congratulated on putting together a strong application to The Heritage Council to have their local site recognised and included in the Adopt a Monument scheme”.
Cooley Cross, Church and Historic Graveyard near Moville
Cooley historic graveyard overlooking Moville includes Cooley Cross, an early church site, the ruins of an ancient church, a stone tomb structure known as ‘The Skull House’ and many cross-slabs and grave markers that are archaeological monuments protected under the National Monuments Acts.

In the past, Malin Well Old Church near Malin Head was also successful in securing a place under the scheme. If you would like to find out more about archaeological monuments, visit the National Monuments Service website at www.archaeology.ie .

The Adopt a Monument scheme offers opportunities to become actively involved in the conservation and interpretation of heritage sites and develop and understand the story of your locality. Advice and assistance on making a future application to the Adopt a Monument scheme is available from the County Donegal Heritage Office on 074 91 72576 or by email at heritage@donegalcoco.ie .
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