€30k allocated to stop the rot at Mallow Castle
Master-plan for castle grounds almost ready to go to tender
Funding of €30,0000 has been allocated for internal works at Mallow Castle under a government initiative aimed at protecting the integrity of landmark heritage structures across the country.
Culture and Heritage Minister Josepha Madigan this week unveiled details of the 2018 Structures at Risk Fund, which will see 76 buildings of cultural and historic importance share in a €1.3 million cash windfall.
The scheme has been put in place to help fund vital conservation works on iconic buildings, in both private and public ownership, that are deemed to be 'at a serious risk of deterioration'.
Under the scheme funding is allocated to a wide variety of structures from gates, cottages and lock houses and weirs, to larger buildings such as Mallow Castle, which is one of the largest single recipients under the 2018 fund.
Liz Donovan, district officer for Cork County Council's Kanturk/Mallow district, told The Corkman that the money will be spent on addressing the internal dry rot problem within the castle building.
"The problem was discovered during recent works in the house over recent months. We have undertaken a survey to gauge the extent of the problem and, using this funding, have commenced remedial works to address it," said Ms Donovan.
"We are making steady progress to address the issue, the ultimate aim being to open up sections of the house to the public," she added.
Meanwhile, Ms Donovan said that the council is currently putting the finishing touches to a self-funded master-plan for the council grounds, which it intends to put out to tender in the near future.
"The plan will incorporate new walkways, deer viewing platforms, play areas and parking. The idea is to make the grounds more accessible to the public and increase their capability to hold more major events," said Ms Donovan.
"Once the master-plan has been finalised and a tender accepted, we will then be in a position to seek national funding for the individual phases included within it," she added.