A DISCUSSION on how best to approach the Office of Public Works regarding lighting up Granny Castle to make it a focal point took place at the last meeting of the Piltown Electoral Area.
Chairman Pat Dunphy told the memebers that there was ‘difficulty with the OPW’ in reaching their objective. Area engineer Ian Gardner said it was policy not to illuminate such landmarks in the countryside because it might interfere with the vision of the night sky. He also pointed out to the members that if the lighting got the green lightthat the power supply would have to brought through private lands.
Cllr Tomas Breatnach said that he had written to the OPW to ask why the proposal might be contrary to their guidelines. “I think people are entitled to know what specifically would contravene the guidelines. ,” he said. Cllr Anna Maria Irish said that she supported her colleague. “At least then you would know what their objections are and you could tailor your argument,” she said. Cllr Breatnach added that the lighting of the castle had been an issue for nearly twenty years. “I think that it would compliment the new bridge nicely if it was lit up,” he said. Cllr Dunphy told the meeting that he felt the members should apply as a group to the OPW for funding. However senior executive officer, Ann Marie Walsh said that Director of Services, John Mulholland had met with OPW officials who told them that it was ‘99% certain’ that if an application for lighting was made it would be turned down.