Coun­cil to spend €30k on Mal­low Cas­tle

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Sean O’Rior­dan

Cork County Coun­cil is to use a grant of €30,000 to tackle in­ter­nal dry rot in parts of Mal­low Cas­tle.

The money was an­nounced by Cul­ture and Her­itage Min­is­ter Josepha Madi­gan as part of a gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive aimed at pro­tect­ing the in­tegrity of land­mark her­itage struc­tures.

The case was one of 76 build­ings of cul­tural and his­toric im­por­tance shar­ing fund­ing of €1.3m.

The scheme cov­ers a wide va­ri­ety of struc­tures from gates, cot­tages, lock houses, and weirs to larger build­ings such as Mal­low Cas­tle, one of the largest sin­gle re­cip­i­ents.

Coun­cil of­fi­cials said that dry rot was dis­cov­ered to be present dur­ing re­cent works at the cas­tle and they have un­der­taken a sur­vey to gauge the ex­tent of the prob­lem.

The coun­cil had snapped up the cas­tle and its 30 acres in 2010 for a knock­down price of €1.7 mil­lion. The cas­tle, owned by the fam­ily of the late Amer­i­can Michael McGinn, was orig­i­nally put up for sale in early 2005 with a guide price of €7m-€8m.

For­mer county man­ager Martin Rior­dan en­vis­aged the cas­tle would be used for tourism and her­itage pur­poses. Func­tions have been held in the grounds and the coun­cil in­tends to open up sec­tions of the house to the public.

Fu­ture plans in­cor­po­rate new walk­ways, deer view­ing plat­forms, play ar­eas and park­ing.

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