Council to spend €30k on Mallow Castle
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.