For Oral Answer on : 28/04/2022
Question Number(s): 85 Question Reference(s): 21400/22
Department: Public Expenditure and Reform
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.
To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 9 of 23 September 2021, the further progress that has been made on works to repair a property (details supplied) in Carrigtwohill, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Details Supplied) Barryscourt Castle, Carrigtwohill, County Cork
The Works plan for 2022 is to complete grouting the external walls on the South and East of Barryscourt Castle. It is envisaged that there will still be masonry repairs at a high level to the towers and wall walks but it is thought that these works will not interfere with progressing necessary internal works.
The next phase of works includes the design of new mechanical and electrical systems which has commenced but will need to be tendered and executed.
The Office of Public Works is very conscious that Barryscourt Castle has been unavailable to visitors and the local community for the last number of years. I have asked my officials in the National Monuments division to work on a re-opening plan for the site and I would hope progress will be made in this matter over the coming months. However, it is not possible to give a definitive date for reopening at this stage due to the complexity of the ongoing conservation works.