For Oral Answer on : 23/09/2021
Question Number(s): 9 Question Reference(s): 45452/21
Department: Public Expenditure and Reform
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.
To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when he expects Barryscourt Castle, Carrigtwohill, County Cork to open to visitors; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
I understand from the Commissioners of Public Works that works are continuing on the external walls at Barryscourt Castle. The conservation nature of this project requires the use of heritage products and traditional lime mortar, which requires painstaking attention to detail and expert craftsmanship. OPW is on target to complete its programme for 2021, which will leave 50% of the South Wall and 50% of the East Wall completed. It is expected that the re-grouting of the South Wall and East Wall will be completed in 2022. Progress has also been made on the specification for the mechanical and electrical works which will follow the grouting programme.
Covid 19 restrictions and lockdowns in 2020 and 2021 have seriously impacted progress with the project and continue to do so. OPW would hope to have works completed and the Castle opened in 2023.