Save Knock Iveagh!

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We all want to believe that the places and heritage we love will be protected by somebody else for our children to enjoy. Some really important places in the UK benefit from protection by law and are supposed to be kept safe by our government bodies for the benefit of everyone. One such place is the ancient Neolithic burial site on the hill at Knock Iveagh. Although the burial site (cairn) is older than the pyramids and should be treated as a gem in the crown of beautiful Co Down, right now unfortunately it looks like somebody has dropped the ball because it is under terrible threat.  Our public bodies have the power to save the hill and it is up to us to make sure they do so. That is why we are asking for your contribution to this important fight. Legal advice costs money, but this is a fight we can and must win.

Knock Iveagh is a hill outside Rathfriland in Co Down which is the setting for a Neolithic Round Cairn (ritual and burial place) dating back to beyond 3000BC.
The cairn measures 100ft in diameter and is 10ft tall. It is visible as a lump on the skyline of the hilltop from miles away. The cairn was located in this position in order that it be the most dominant feature of the hillside. As a likely place of inauguration the surrounding 360 degree views of the landscape would also have been key.  

Recently, a tall broadband mast was erected beside the cairn without planning permission. Even worse,  we understand that planning permission was granted in 2013 for a WIND TURBINE of up to 41 meters high on the site.  That turbine could be erected at any moment and it is vital that we take urgent action to protect the site. Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon Council is also currently considering an application for retrospective permission for the broadband mast.

Since discovering these issues last month, the Friends of Knock Iveagh have been working with the Annaclone Historical Society to try to protect the hill. Expressions of support have been received from all sides of the political spectrum and a petition calling for the site to be protected currently has over 1400 signatures here 

It is our understanding that Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon Council can revoke permission for the turbine at ANY TIME but as yet has chosen not to do so, despite being contacted on numerous occasions by the Friends of Knock Iveagh.

This crowdfunding website has been set up to help raise funds to pay for legal costs to protect this important site and we are asking for your support. More information about the background to this sorry story and our serious concerns about the processes which have been followed by the public bodies which have the duty and responsibility to protect this site are given below.

We understand that the broadband mast has been erected without any planning permission, and based on what we know right now, although planning permission exists for the building of a wind turbine, this permission appears to have been granted following a planning process which gives us serious cause for concern. Some of the concerns we have about the planning process for the turbine include that:-

1/ It appears that the application for a wind turbine was STREAMLINED. The Friends of Knock Iveagh cannot understand how a site beside a scheduled historic monument could ever have been considered an appropriate site for a streamlined application. 

2/ Both HED and Armagh banbridge and Craigavon Council have confirmed to the Friends that there was no consultation with Historic Environment Department prior to permission being granted. Since the turbine proposes is beside a scheduled site it is our understanding that the HED should have been consulted.

3/ Why does a 2013 Professional Planning Report in relation to the turbine note that “There are no built heritage interests at this site” when there is a protected Scheduled monument on the hill?  

4/ Knock Iveagh is singled out and mentioned numerous times as being a location unsuitable for wind development. Planningni guidance on wind farms (which mentions KnockIveagh 11 times) states that ‘Particular care should be taken to avoid adverse impacts on areas with memorable long distance views to the Mournes and Sperrins eg Knockiveagh summit.'

5/ Publicly available information from the NI Planning Portal also suggests that the nearest neighbours were unaware of plans for a wind turbine until very recently. The Friends of Knock Iveagh believe that until very recently the general public were entirely unaware of the plans for a turbine this scheduled protected site. Given the enormous upset and community engagement since the plans were uncovered it is very clear that had reasonable and proper consultation taken place at the time, the turbine application would have been robustly opposed.

If allowed to proceed, these developments will utterly destroy the setting and environment of this magical historical place. We cannot let our shared heritage be destroyed and we must ensure that the public bodies with the duty to protect it step up to the mark and do their jobs. If mistakes have been made, it is their job to put things right and we want to make sure they do.
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Dear all

Thank you again for the support you have given us to date.

As a thank you to our supporters (and as a result of the kind support from many local businesses!), we are now able to offer this fantastic FREE DRAW!

Prizes Include:
• £60 voucher for Great Jones Craft & Kitchen, Newcastle.
​• £50 voucher for local organic beef and chicken from Wood Hill Farm Organics
• 6 bottles of Claret
• Framed watercolour of Goward Dolmen by Helen Harper** (see below)
• Glass 'Tree of Life' by Frances Bauer
• 2 handmade copper Triskele pendants
• £60 voucher for Heal Homeopathy Clinic, Newcastle, County Down
• Bottle of Champagne
​• Cut and blow dry worth £35 by Laura at Escape Hair Company
• Handmade printed cotton makeup bag, clutch bag, & eye mask set from Catia
• Large box of County Down fertiliser-free vegetables - courtesy of Drew's Veg, Crossgar
• £45 voucher to be redeemed against any Holistic Health NI event
• Bellamianta tan plus tan mitt and exfoliator
• Scentsy mini warmer and wax melt from Claire
• Handmade knitted 'Paddington Bear'
• Specialist 1 2 1 yoga session with Susan at Maitri Studio, Belfast
(more prizes will be added soon!)

Nb. All prizes are local delivery or collection only+.

There are two ways to enter the Free Draw:
​1/ You can make a donation via our NEW GO FUND ME PAGE HERE (Please note the old Go Fund Me page from which this email has been sent is no longer collecting donations but is currently being retained for information purposes).
2/ You can also enter the draw without making a donation by sending your name and address in an email to

If you make a further donation you of £10 or more our friends at Knock Ceramics have generously produced a series of GORGEOUS neolithic inspired key rings, pendants and dishes as a 'thank you' to donors! Anyone donating over £10 is eligible to receive a keyring or pendant (with your choice of coloured cord), and if you donate over £25 you will receive a handmade 'neolithic' pot inspired by the pottery excavated at Knock Iveagh (local collection/ delivery only except by arrangement+)! If you're among the first ten people to donate £50 or over, you'll receive a limited edition watercolour print of Knock Iveagh in all its (pre-turbine!) glory, by local artist Helen Harper**.

Thank you for your continued help and support!

The SKI Team
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Dear All,

As you may have seen in the news today (see ABC council planners have decided not to recommend revocation of the planning permission for the turbine, so work started on putting it up today. Whilst this has made for extremely bleak and heartbreaking viewing, it has strengthened our resolve. We really (REALLY!) don't think it should be up to individuals like you and me to make sure that the bodies we pay to apply our planning laws and protect our historic monuments do what they are supposed to do, but equally we cannot sit back and let this happen to such a beautiful and important site.

We therefore now need to raise a LOT (!) of money in a very short time. With that in mind, please ask yourself whether you might be able to donate more yourself, AND/OR whether you can spend two minutes sharing our campaign and this page with your contacts and friends on social media (and encouraging them to donate!).

Please keep an eye on the group and page for ideas about other ways you may be able to help whilst meeting your other festive responsibilities!

Thank you again for your donation and support.

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As you all know, some weeks ago we began trying to raise funds to help take legal advice to protect the hill. We have had some very generous donations, some private and some public. Although we have had 'in house' solicitors working within the group for free in an effort to keep our legal spend down, your generous donations have enabled us to take advice from solicitors and barristers with specialist expertise in planning law. Over the past few weeks we have worked with them not only to send the pre-action protocol letters which we believe resulted in the Council issuing the temporary stop order on 23 October, but also to draft a detailed document identifying some of the key planning concerns about the development on Knock Iveagh. We shared that document with ABC Council today. We very much hope the contents of this document, together with our wider campaign, will persuade the Council to revoke permission for the wind turbine and stop the development on this important site. We quite honestly cannot thank you enough for your support to date. We will update you again as soon as we can.
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