Jury still out on future of Thomastown court house

Thomastown Court house has been falling into a state of disrepair since the court stopped sitting there . The Thomastown Tidy Towns committee are calling on the government to clarify its plans for the vacant building and to try and halt the structures slide into dereliction.

Thomastown Court house has been falling into a state of disrepair since the court stopped sitting there . The Thomastown Tidy Towns committee are calling on the government to clarify its plans for the vacant building and to try and halt the structures slide into dereliction.

The court house located opposite Carrolls pub on Logan street is a listed building. It was included in the National Architecture Survey of Ireland as an example of an example of the architectural heritage of Kilkenny.

Colin Castle the Chairman of Thomastown Tidy Towns Committee described the building as “looking pretty shabby.” Mr Castle would like to see the building put to use. He said “It’s a government building sitting their doing nothing. It could be used by the tidy towns, or the citizens advice bureau or to establish a Tourist Information Office for Thomastown. Any government or council body could use it. I’d just love to see them paint it.”

A spokesperson for the court service said that as of yet there are no plans for the building but that they are actively looking for a new use in conjunction with the local authority. The spokes person said “Sittings in Thomastown Courthouse ceased in 2005 due to the deterioration in the fabric of the building. Under a reorganisation of District Court Venues Thomastown was identified as a suitable venue for closure given its relatively small case load, the courthouse’s physical condition and its proximity to other more suitable venues. There are no plans to reuse the venue as a court building. The Courts Service is concerned for the future of the building and is open to considering a suitable, alternative use of it in consultation with the local authority, if a proposal were to be forthcoming.”