Plea to restore Burgery Monument ahead of ambush centenary

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has called on the Council’s Roads Department to restore the area around the Burgery monument, which as been disrupted during the ongoing N25 resurfacing works nearby. 

“This coming March marks the 100th anniversary of the Burgery Ambush. This engagement was part of a campaign of attacks against British forces carried out by the West Waterford Brigade of the Irish Republican Army. Two IRA volunteers lost their lives as a result of the engagement. The centenary is not only of great importance to those of us who honour the courage and sacrifice of all who fought for Ireland’s freedom, but it is also a time of remembrance for the families of those who died during the ambush. 

“I campaigned long and hard for the resurfacing works at the N25. They have been an inconvenience and have led to disruption, but this stretch of road was in dire need of attention. I’m glad that the works are coming to an end. 

“Unfortunately the area around the monument has been disrupted and left in a mess. There is a mound of topsoil, and a small dump of tarmacadam scrapings and other material from the road works. I am asking that the Roads Department attend to this as soon as possible. It will take some time for topsoil to settle and for grass to being growing, and I am concerned that if works to restore this piece of ground don’t begin in the next week or two, the area immediately adjacent to the monument will not be passable come the centenary in March.”