THE TROJAN work that Louis Feeley has done in Kilkenny dates back to 1962 when, as a Roscommon man, he moved to Kilkenny and established the National Monuments Service of the Office of Public Works.
His huge contribution was marked at the Kilkenny People of the Year awards when he was presented with the Hall of Fame award.
He tells the story of driving out to Talbot’s Inch and introducing himself to the late Mrs Phelan, telling her that he was to man who had come to restore Rothe House. This marked the beginning of the Southeast branch of the National Monuments Service and, for Louis Feeley, nearly 35 years of dedicated service that saw the most important restoration and conservation undertakings in the history of Kilkenny and the country.
He was honoured with a Europa Nostra Award for his contribution to the Shee Alms house restoration and is also the man responsible for structured training for apprentices in stone and timber craftmanship. He persuaded the OPW to introduce a pilot scheme in conjunction with Fas which was subsequently adopted nationally. When Louis retired in 1994 he put his expertises to the good of the community with almost twenty years of voluntary work for the benefit for the people of Kilkenny.
Chairman of the Kilkenny People of the Year Committee Declan McCann praised Mr Feeley ‘who has left an enormous footprint on so many of our old and historic buildings in Kilkenny and the surrounding counties.