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Thursday 2 October 2014

Council wants to give old Kelly's sweet shop a new lease of life

Published 06/11/2012 | 19:20

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A WELL-KNOWN and much-loved building on Tullow Street could be given a new lease of life if Carlow Town Council gives the go ahead to delist the property.

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Following a request from the owner to de-list 57-58, Tullow Street which was known as Kelly's Sweet Shop, Carlow Town Council commissioned a report to be prepared by Conservation Architects to assess the heritage value.

Mary Theresa Kelly who is always fondly remembered by locals sold newspapers, confectionery, general stationary and fancy goods in the premises. The business was started by her grandparents.

Some of the observations of the assessment made included; the protection of the property is warranted as the special architectural, social and historic interest of the structure remains evident and the interior is considered to be of special interest.

Cllr Tom O'Neill commented, ' Right now the building is an eyesore so I would be in favour of delisting the property based on certain conditions. It will give life back to that area.'

Carlow Town Council Cathaoirleach Eileen Brophy said, 'I would like to propose that we the council go and take a look at the building. It would be worth our while.' Cllr Walter Lacey agreed, 'I would be happy to go take a look at it and let the public have their say and come back in a month and see what the public feedback is and then decide.'

Cllr Des Hurley made the point that he would like to see old Carlow maintained as much as possible. 'I would like to see it remain in keeping with the rest of the street. One example where that has been successful is the Court House Hotel on Dublin Street. That building was knocked to the ground and rebuilt and the new building really enhanced the street. The same thing can happen here.'

The public are encouraged to make submissions regarding the property over the next six weeks and following a visit to the property and decision will then be made.

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