Grianan will now be on passports

Grianan Fort. (0110MM12)
Grianan Fort. (0110MM12)
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Grianan Fort has been included in images on the newly-designed Irish Passport, which was revealed by Tanáiste Eamonn Gilmore yesterday.

Grianan Fort has been included in images on the newly-designed Irish Passport, which was revealed by Tanáiste Eamonn Gilmore yesterday.

The Grianan of Aileach, the ancient fort overlooking Derry in Inishowen, is one of a number of locations and landmarks to be included as watermarks on the pages of the new passport.

Speaking yesterday, Burt woman Kathleen Grant said she was delighted that the ancient fort will now have such official recognition.

She said: “Many people feel that Grianan has not been accorded the respect it deserves. Money and resources have been poured into developing other sites while Grianan has been, largely, overlooked. So I think this recognition at national level is long overdue.”

The re-designed passports will also feature a topographical map of Ireland with the wording of article two of the constitution around it.

It is the first time a map of the island will feature on the Irish passport.

Other images include Cliffs of Moher, the Samuel Beckett bridge on the River Liffey, Croagh Patrick, the Aviva stadium, Cork Opera House and the Rock of Cashel.

Drawings of Gaelic games, dance, fishing and music also feature, along with the national anthem, written in music throughout the passport booklet.