02 Oct 2022

'Spring clean' at Callan Friary - plea to remove items in storage before development begins


Callan Friary

A major spring clean has to take place before a project to rejuvenate Callan town centre kicks off!

In January more than €800,000 was allocated for the design and planning of new community facilities at Callan Friary. However, before surveys and studies can begin all property stored in the former church must be removed.

Director of Services with Kilkenny County Council, Mary Mulholland, has appealed for any person or organisation with property stored in the building to remove it.

“We need to move forward with the Callan Friary and Bridge Street project,” Ms Mulholland told local councillors at their February meeting. A lot of preparatory studies, including an environmental assessment and conservation report, need to take place on both buildings.

“To do all that we need to vacate the property,” Ms Mulholland said. 

Callan Friary Trust have written to anybody with property stored in the building asking them to remove it. But they don’t know everybody who kept things there over the years, Ms Mullholland said.

She appealed that if anybody owns any property, or thinks they might, it is time to think about where it’s going to go because the Trust and Council need to empty the building.

€862,000 was allocated to the Callan Friary project by Minister Heather Humphries, Minister for Community and Rural Affairs, for the design and planning phase of the project. The proposed plans will include a new library and youth, community and art spaces. The facility will also include a remote working Hub.

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