Con­vent­build­ing should­have­been bought­forArk­low

May 1998

Bray People - - NEWS -

Deep con­cern was ex­pressed this week by a lo­cal coun­cil­lor that the Con­vent of Mercy build­ing in Ark­low is about to be lost to the peo­ple of the town.

Cllr Nancy Quinn said that Wick­low County Coun­cil and Ark­low Ur­ban Coun­cil, work­ing with the County En­ter­prise Board, should­have seen the wis­dom of in­vest­ing in the pur­chase of the con­vent for the town.

She pointed out that there is a cry­ing need in Ark­low for a con­cert hall and an arts cen­tre, a school of English for for­eign stu­dents and a proper build­ing to house a library.

All these fa­cil­i­ties, Cllr Quinn said, could have been con­tained in the con­vent to­gether with of­fices for semi-state bod­ies.

Cllr Quinn was speak­ing out af­ter last week’s rev­e­la­tion that McGet­ti­gan Ltd, the own­ers of ho­tels in Bray and Dublin, are ap­ply­ing to Ark­low Ur­ban Coun­cil for per­mis­sion to con­vert the Con­vent of Mercy into 16 self-con­tained apart­ments.

‘I feel sad­dened, as I am sure ev­ery­body in Ark­low is, that this beau­ti­ful build­ing so deeply em­bed­ded in the his­tor­i­cal, so­cial and cul­tural roots of the town, will be lost to the peo­ple,’ Cllr Quinn de­clared.

She ex­pressed the hope that event at this late stage, maybe some of the con­vent could be kept for the town and its peo­ple.

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