Taoiseach Charles Haughey opens to the public part of the archaeological site at Knowth in County Meath containing passage tombs constructed 5000 years ago.
The ancient burial site of Knowth, along with the passage tombs of Newgrange and Dowth form a complex of archaeological sites in the Boyne Valley in County Meath. After officially opening the Knowth site to the public, the Taoiseach was given a tour by one of Ireland’s foremost archaeologists Professor George Eogan of University College Dublin, who first began excavating the site at Knowth in 1962.
The dilemma for archaeologists is how to preserve sites such as Knowth, yet keep them open to the public. The Taoiseach believes
The general public have just as much right to see them, and take an interest in them and enjoy them as the academics have.
He believes that alongside the work of archaeologists an interpretive centre is essential. Professor Eogan agrees that when sites are exposed they should be made available for people to see under appropriate supervision.
An RTÉ News report by Tom Kelly broadcast on 15 July 1991.