Progress ‘soon’ on returning bodies buried at Black Abbey

There will be “progress very soon” in the decade-long campaign to return to Kilkenny the bodies buried near the Black Abbey that were discovered in an archaeological dig, county manager Joe Crockett has told Kilkenny County Council.

There will be “progress very soon” in the decade-long campaign to return to Kilkenny the bodies buried near the Black Abbey that were discovered in an archaeological dig, county manager Joe Crockett has told Kilkenny County Council.

He made the remarks at Monday’s council meeting after County Council chairman Paul Cuddihy expressed a renewed plea to the National Museum to return the remains to Kilkenny for an appropriate burial.

“They were taken respectfully to the National Museum for further study and they have been there for over a decade,” Cllr Cuddihy said. He called on the National Museum to enter into discussions with the council on the matter of returning the remains to Kilkenny.

Mr Crockett replied that “the National Museum have been as helpful as they possibly could to us” and that the council “had series of meetings with them about three months ago where certain difficulties have been resolved.”

“Substantial progress has been made ... and there will be progress very soon,” Mr Crockett told the council.