Tourism group is to develop Lodge
AN offer from the Sligo Tourist Development Association to lease the Gate Lodge at Doorly Park was welcomed by councillors at the monthly meeting of Sligo County Council last Monday.
The property can now be used for tourism and community purposes after it received widespread support from council members. Cllr Declan Bree said: “The Gate Lodge is an important part of Sligo’s heritage which unfortunately has been allowed to fall into a serious state of disrepair over the years. Residents of the area have been asking for it to be restored.
“The offer, if accepted, will allow for additional tourism grants to be drawn down for the full restoration of the building. The Gate Lodge can then be used for tourism promotion purposes in addition to it being made available for use by the local community.”
Cllr Chris MacManus also welcomed the offer and said it would be a good project for the entire area, while Cllr Rosaleen O’Grady “welcomed wholeheartedly the development” and described Doorly Park as a “special piece of property”.
Cllr and Mayor Hubert Keaney described the development as a “good news story” and wished everyone involved every success in creating what will be a “great attraction”
The Gate Lodge in Doorly Park. Pic: Carl Brennan.