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Graves to be saved.

A MEDIEVAL graveyard - holding the bodies of 600 people killed in a siege - is to get emergency funds to protect it against coastal erosion.

The victims died during the 16th century Seige of Dun an Oir Fortress at Smerwick Harbour, in the west of Co Kerry - and a number of leading Elizabethan figures have been implicated in the massacre.

Those known to have taken part in the siege include the poet Sir Edmund Spenser and the explorer, coloniser, pirate and Munster plantation owner, Sir Walter Raleigh.

Now an initial amount of up to EUR200,000 has been approved and work has begun to stop the erosion.

This will also allow excavation to begin so experts can find out exactly what's at the site.

The funding comes after a long campaign by people in west Kerry.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 31, 2004
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