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08 Dec 2021

Man hit by castle’s
falling masonry

A MAN was hit by some loose masonry which fell from a wall at Kilkenny Castle last week.

A MAN was hit by some loose masonry which fell from a wall at Kilkenny Castle last week.

The man was not injured in the incident, and the OPW are to investigate how the stones became dislodged from the wall. The man did not report the incident to castle staff, but rather told the staff of the adjacent Design Centre complex that he had been hit on the head by some small stones. He did not leave his details.

“It is understood that some loose stones fell from the arrow loop window roof of the Medieval room at Kilkenny Castle yesterday,” said a spokesperson for the OPW.

“The incident was not reported to castle staff and no one was injured.”

On Monday of this week, workers with scaffolding were making repairs to the top of the wall in order to secure any loose stones.

The Medieval Room is located at the base of the south tower, on the Parade side. It is where visitors can watch the castle’s audio-visual tour.

A number of dislodged stones from the wall could be seen on the ground outside last week. While they were not particularly large, castle ground staff said they could be dangerous when falling from a height.

A request to examine the cause of the falling stones has been placed with the OPW. Foreman of the castle and grounds Jaki Jordan said the matter would be investigated onsite.

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