Plans to pre­serve his­toric lodges

Wexford People - - NEWS - By ANNA HAYES

EF­FORTS ARE un­der way to con­serve his­tory at a unique site in Cross­abeg.

The Ir­ish Land­mark Trust aims to con­serve the lodges of Saun­der­scourt, where a previous res­cue mis­sion was car­ried out on the cen­tral arch­way of the es­tate. The res­i­dence, which dates back to the 17th cen­tury was once the home of the Saun­ders fam­ily but has gone throw var­i­ous hands since then.

The main house has long since van­ished but the elab­o­rate en­trance struc­ture still stands, fea­tur­ing exquisitely carved clas­si­cal col­umns, fram­ing an arch­way which ra­di­ate four curved walls and two res­i­den­tial lodges, dat­ing from the 1700s. The en­sem­ble, with its evo­ca­tion of Pal­la­dio is unique in Ire­land.

A spokesper­son for the project said: ‘The qual­ity of the de­tail, the so­phis­ti­ca­tion of the plan, and the beauty of the mix­ture of brick and lime­stone merit the care of the Ir­ish Land­mark Trust, which can trans­form the build­ing from its ru­ined state to sus­tain­able life. Fail­ure to do so would rep­re­sent a lit­er­ally ir­repara­ble loss to Wex­ford and Ire­land.’

Be­tween 2005 and 2016, the Trush con­served the cen­tral arch and car­ried out ur­gent sta­bil­is­ing re­pairs to the lodges at a cost of €279,000. This was funded by Wex­ford County Coun­cil, the Her­itage Coun­cil, the Ir­ish Ge­or­gian So­ci­ety, the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, lo­cal gov­ern­ment and pri­vate do­na­tions.

The ar­chi­tec­tural plans for the restor­ing of the lodges are new be­ing pre­pared. It is es­ti­mated that this will cost ap­prox­i­mately €320,000.

The pic­nic was at­tended by trus­tees and in­vited guests.

Fi­nola and Joe Costello with Mary O’Brien, Trust CEO. The Saun­der­scourt Arch in Cross­abeg. Mary Fi­nan, Ed­die Mc­Par­land and Mar­guerite MacCurtin. John Joe Sin­nott, Theresa Smyth, Dolores Whitty and Michelle Sin­nott Doyle.

Mary Hanna, Trust chair­per­son, Nicholas Fur­long, FRSAI, and Mary O’Brien, Trust CEO.

Nicholas Power Smith and Michael O’Brien (trus­tees), and An­drew McMur­rough Ka­vanagh.

Diana and Izzy Molo­han.

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