Permission granted to restore old colum grinder

Plans to highlight a piece of Coon’s heritage have been given approval by Kilkenny County Council.

Plans to highlight a piece of Coon’s heritage have been given approval by Kilkenny County Council.

The council has approved planning permission for Coon Redevelopment Committee to construct a stone house building to accommodate a colum grinder and butter dash – machinery that recalls the village’s history and heritage.

To be built beside the recently developed playground on land owned by the County Council, the planned works also include a wheelchair-accessible toilet, a low boundary wall around the playground and a stone wall between Coon village and Burns Bridge.

“This development is intended as a tourist/ local historic attraction which would be used in association with the playground and amenity area development to date by the local community group,” the planning file notes.

“The colum grinder in particular is reflective of the region’s long-standing history and association with coal and colum mining.”