Work starts on museum extension at Johnstown
Construction has begun on a new extension at the Irish Agricultural Museum, Johnstown Castle.
The new building will be used to house the museum's collection of threshing machines and other large vintage harvesting machinery. Museum staff and vintage enthusiasts from the Wexford-Wicklow Group will have the space to properly restore the magnificent machines and get them ready for public view.
The new building will be accessed through a link from the existing tractor gallery.
Curator Matt Wheeler said, he is delighted to finally see the project under way.
'It has been months in the planning but we're now turning a dream into a reality.'
'It is going to be spectacular display once we've carried out all the restoration work and I'm sure it will draw many more visitors to the museum,' he said.
Wexford Local Development is helping to finance the new building which should be finished by spring next year.
A number of Wexford companies are involved in the project including Paddy McGee Ltd, Ciaran Kelly Restoration & Construction and Fitzharris Construction.