Saturday 24 March 2018

Historic Carstown is gutted in huge blaze

Fiona Magennis

The historic Carstown House in Termonfeckin has been destroyed in a fire at the property which broke out on Sunday afternoon.

The house, which dates back to the 17th century, has been derelict for a number of years.

It dates back to 1641 and has links to Oliver Plunkett.

Fire Fighters were called to the scene of the blaze at around 4pm and spent over six hours at the house, bringing the fire under control and dampening it down. Drogheda Gardai were also in attendance.

The house was sealed off and a forensic examination of the site was carried out.

Local Councillor Kevin Callan raised the risk posed to the property at the last meeting of Drogheda Borough Council.

At the meeting in Drogheda he requested Louth County Council take immediate action to secure the property which was being accessed by vandals.

He also said he had concerns the house could go up in flames.

Speaking following the fire, Councillor Callan said: 'This is a devastating loss to the county and the country and I want to know why it wasn't saved and what the Council intend to do now.

'The property has subsequently burned to the ground and I will be demanding answers at tonight's (Monday) council meeting as to what Louth County Council did from last month to now in protecting a structure which was on the protected list and deemed to be of national importance.'

The County Louth Archaeological and Historical Society received funding from the Heritage Council to carry out an architectural survey by conservation architect Fergal McGirl. In 2016, the society received further funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the County Louth Buildings At Risk fund for the conservation and repair of Carstown House.

However, one of the biggest problems faced is the difficulty in tracking down the owner of the property as it is unregistered.

Drogheda Independent