Local community have been asking for years to have the castle made safe for visitors –

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach has asked Minister Heather Humphreys and Minister Seán Canney to outline plans for the €85,000 which has been allocated for King John’s Castle in Carlingford.

“The amount of the funding is relatively small in proportion to the vast amount of work that needs to be done to make the castle safe for visitors and touring groups.”

“The local community has been trying for years to get the castle made safe so that local, voluntary tour guides can bring the public into it. I am aware that it has open a few times for Heritage Week but OPW staff have to come up from Brú na Bóinne and Trim to facilitate this, which is unsustainable.”

“I am also aware that it is currently not safe for visitors. Excavations were carried out in 2008 and 2009 and locals assumed, hopefully but wrongly, that the OPW were preparing to open it in 2010, for the 800th anniversary of king John’s visit, however, that did not happen.”

“In light of the tourism promotion of Ireland’s Ancient East it is more important now than ever that this historical site of great significance be open to the public to include the Carlingford area in an itinerary of Castles and Conquests”.

“Now that the funding has been announced I very much look forward to the works beginning, being completed, and the castle being open to the public after eight years’ waiting.”

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Johanna Walsh, Office of Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2

(T) 01 6183549 (Email) declan.breathnach@oireachtas.ie