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Courtnacuddy National School children on a visit to Castleboro Manor with principal Colm Gallagher and owner Jim Kehoe

Courtnacuddy National School children on a visit to Castleboro Manor with principal Colm Gallagher and owner Jim Kehoe

Courtnacuddy National School children on a visit to Castleboro Manor with principal Colm Gallagher and owner Jim Kehoe

School children from Courtnacuddy National School paid a visit to Castleboro Manor recently where they were given a guided tour by owner, Jim Kehoe.

Mr Kehoe's grandchildren attend the school and he took great delight in affording the children, along with their principal, Colm Gallagher, the opportunity to visit the house and estate.

One of the most imposing and historically significant houses in Wexford the sheer scale of the property was something that took the visitors by surprise.

'It really is the type of building that has to be appreciated up close,' Mr Gallagher told this newspaper.

'You'd see photos of it but you really don't have any idea of just how impressive a building it is until you see if first-hand,' he added.

'It's that type of building.'

While they were there Mr Kehoe showed the visitors around the outside of the house and also other areas of the estate including the stables and gate lodges where some work is being undertaken to preserve them.

'We were very grateful to get the opportunity to see it,' said Mr Gallagher.

The visitors included children from the school's fifth and sixth classes who were all left very impressed by what they saw on the estate.

Enniscorthy Guardian