ATHY councillor Brian Dooley has queried whether there are any plans by Kildare Co Council to develop Moone High Cross from a tourism and infrastructural perspective, describing the historic artefact as a “monastic jewel” in Kildare’s crown.
Speaking at the monthly meeting of Athy Municipal District in January, Cllr Dooley said that the cross is ranked in the top 1,000 in the world and explained that if it was located in Kerry or Clare people would have to pay to visit it. He added that at present there is nowhere for visitors to park, other than at the side of the road, and suggested that Kildare Fáilte could be approached to get their views.
The cross stands around 17 feet high and is thought to date back as far as the eighth century. An impressive monument featuring Celtic and Biblical carvings, it is one of the country’s best-preserved high crosses.
In a response to Cllr Dooley’s question, Kildare County Council explained that no plans or budget allocation has been set aside to develop the attraction at present, noting that while there is a desire to improve Kildare’s tourism attractions it must be matched by capital funding.
Cllr Dooley requested that the proposal be looked at in the coming months.