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New proposed works to preserve Burgage Castle

Works to preserve Burgage Castle are set to get under way this year.

The project at Burgage More on the Blessington Lakeshore had been due to start this month, but has been delayed until later in the year due to Covid-19.

The Blessington and District Forum has received a commitment from the ESB to carry out and fund the preservation project which is set to include stabilisation works of the ruins. The ESB are custodians of the site, which is a protected structure.

A sub-committee of the Forum was set up in 2018 in partnership with the Blessington History Society and Blessington Tidy Towns to explore the conservation of the ruins, which are a protected structure.

'We've held meetings with the ESB over the last 18 months and have worked well with them,' said Madge Tyrell who is a member of the sub-committee.

'We have secured a commitment from the ESB for the works, but it's delayed due to Covid-19.'

The works are expected to start before the end of the year. Ms Tyrell said the committee's wish is to 'preserve the ruins and protect the base' of the castle.

In time, it is hoped that the Burgage Castle, which is located along the Blessington Greenway route, will become a tourist attraction in the area.

A spokesperson for the ESB said the organisation had engaged with the National Monuments Section of the Office of Public Works (OPW), Wicklow County Council and the local community in relation to stabilisation works at the site known locally as Burgage Castle.

'A preliminary assessment of the structure has been undertaken and a proposed scope of work has been proposed by a conservation architect appointed by ESB.

'The final detail of these works will be the subject to further discussion with OPW over the coming weeks as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. 'When the final consent for the works is obtained from OPW a detailed work programme will then be planned,' they added.

The Burgage Castle is the remains of a tower house along the Blessington Lakeshore which may have been used for defensive purposes.

Evidence also suggests the presence of a church, graveyard, high cross, and holy well in the Burgage More area. The Burgage Castle is close to the Blessington Greenway and its proposed future extension.

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