Tourism group is to de­velop Lodge

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

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.

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