18 Aug 2022

North Kilkenny landmarks face risk of 'imminent collapse', says local councillor

North Kilkenny landmarks face risk of 'imminent collapse', says local councillor

Grangefertagh Round Tower and Clomantagh Castle cited by Cllr Mary Hilda Cavanagh

Cllr Mary Hilda Cavanagh told councillors at today's virtual meeting of Castlecomer Municipal District council that two of North Kilkenny's most iconic historical landmarks are facing the risk of 'imminent collapse'.

Grangefertagh Round Tower and Clomantagh Castle were the sites cited by the Fine Gael councillor.

"We have one of the best round tower structures in Ireland located in Grangefertagh and it needs to be addressed," she said.

Kilkenny County Council Representative Martin Prendiville told councillors that he would raise the issue of Grangefertagh Round Tower with the Office of Public Works (OPW) and likewise will seek contact with the owners of the Clomantagh site.

"There has been a dedicated committee established in Clomantagh attempting to tackle this very issue and they are seeking the relevant funding to help put it right," Cllr Cavanagh added.

Cllr Pat Fitzpatrick told the meeting that both structures are a "very important part of North Kilkenny heritage" and that their upkeep is integral to driving tourism to North Kilkenny going forward.

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