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Balloon test successfully carried out over two days in the Boyne Valley.

11th-12th & 14th March 2011

A steady number of observers travelled around various points in the Boyne Valley over the last few days trying to see how visible the balloons raised for Meath County Council. Knowth National Monument, currently closed to the public was specially opened to allow access to observers.

The balloons were visible from the top of the main mound at Knowth and also from points at ground level. They were also visible to observers visiting the monument at Newgrange but only from a point at the southern end of the bank of cairn slip at the side of the mound.

Visibility on the Friday was poor, possibly prompting the addition of an extra date on the following Monday.

The balloon test is welcome as it is a further demonstration of Meath County Council's commitment to sevuring planning permission for the proposed Slane Bypass. The test was suggested by Dr Douglas Comer, independent World Heritage expert who earlier delivered his report on the likely impact of the proposed bypass on the Brú na Bóinne WHS. The test will help to determine the accuracy and usefulness of the photomontage exercise prepared for the original Environmental Impace Statement and the Further Information as it is a 'real' test as opposed to the 'virtual' approach used in the photomontages

Read the report in the Irish Times HERE.

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