Monday 20 October 2014

Facade of historic Tara Hall removed for safety reasons

Published 25/03/2014 | 05:34

Tara Hall site in Courtown after the facade was taken down for health and safety reason.

THE FACADE of the historic Tara Hall in Courtown had to be taken down for health and safety reasons last week, the building's owner has said.

Lloyd Murray said that the curved front wall of the building, which dates back to 1914, had become dangerous. 'It was leaning out on the road, so the main thing was to get it taken down before it fell on top of someone,' he said. 'It was a nice building, and we would have liked to have kept it, but safety comes first. The curved wall was never tied into the side walls.'

A plaque on the front wall dated the building back to 1914. It was originally used as a handball alley, and later as a hall for plays and showing films. In later years, it was used for storage.

The timber frame roof has also had to be taken off, leaving just the side walls. Lloyd said the site will now be boarded up and painted, before they decide what to do with it.

'Whenever we rebuild it, we will have it looking nice for another hundred years,' he said.

Gorey Guardian

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