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Newspaper Article, 12-24-13 "Plans To Save Menlo Castle Takes Big Step"

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Plans to save Menlo Castle take big step
    * Tuesday, 24 December 2013 09:00
    * Written by _Ciaran Tierney_
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_Ciaran Tierney_
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The long-awaited revamp of Menlo Castle on the banks of the River Corrib
will take a giant step forward early next year thanks to the allocation of €
25,000 towards the project in the Galway City Council Budget for 2014.
 
This funding will allow the City Heritage Officer, Jim Higgins, to come up
with a detailed conservation project for the historic castle, outhouses,
and grounds, which, in turn, should result in substantial additional funding
from the Department of Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht.
Conservation groups including Duchas na Gaillimhe and the Galway Civic
Trust have come on board to offer the local authority full support to progress
the ill-fated project, over 13 years after Compulsory Purchase Orders
(CPOs) were issued for the 17th century site.
A full oral hearing to allow the City Council purchase the castle and
grounds from five shareholders took place at the Menlo Park Hotel back in July
2000 and, since then, there have been no moves to preserve the ruins.
An ambitious ‘Celtic Tiger’ plan, which would have seen Dublin-based
businessman Noel Smyth develop the site in return for a top floor penthouse, was
 abandoned three years ago when Mr Smyth’s assets were seized by the
National Assets Management Agency (NAMA).
Confirmation that €25,000 has been allocated to the Menlo Castle revamp in
the City Council Budget for 2014 – which is due to be adopted today – has
been warmly welcomed by long-term campaigner and local resident Cllr Frank
Fahy (FG).
Earlier this year, Cllr Fahy called for a full-scale inquiry to be held
into the cost and delays surrounding the ill-fated project.
“This €25,000 has been ‘ring fenced’ to start the process of doing a
conservation project for Menlo Castle,” Cllr Fahy said yesterday.
“It will allow the Heritage Officer to draw up a comprehensive
conservation, which can be submitted to the Dept of Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht.
There is funding available for the revamp of listed buildings, once we have
finalised a conservation plan.”
Cllr Fahy said the funding had been allocated for the monument, gate lodge,
 and castle – he hoped that work could proceed on the gate lodge in the
short-term.
Cllr Fahy said he was delighted that Duchas na Gaillimhe have come on board
 to progress the work through a community employment scheme, while Galway
Civic Trust have already played a key role in revamping two iconic city
buildings, the Mutton Island lighthouse and the Fisheries Tower, in recent
years.

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