Over €8million spent on exposing walls of Swords Castle

by Gazette Reporter

More than €8million has been spent to date on works to expose the walls of Swords Castle, it has emerged.

Fingal County Council revealed an investment of €8.3m on demolishing buildings that once hid that side of the majestic medieval building.

The figure came in response to a question tabled to the local authority by Green Party Cllr Ian Carey.

The expenditure had been labelled under the heading of ‘site assembly’ in council figures relating to the cost of the ongoing development of the Swords Cultural Quarter project.

The ambitious revamp will see a rejuvenated Swords Castle along with the transformation of North Street to include a new Civic and Cultural Centre for Swords hosing a new library, an auditorium and exhibition space.

The local authority revealed that the expenditure goes back as far as 2002 when it began the acquisition of buildings on North Street at a cost of €396,000.

In 2004 and 2005, the council spent a further €4.8m on acquiring the former Ryan’s pub and adjacent buildings on North Street.

From 2018 to 2020, the council spent €3.1m on acquiring more properties on North Street which it subsequently demolished to expose more of the castle walls.

This was in an effort to make Swords Castle one of the two landmark buildings at the heart of the SCQ project.

The pedestrian plaza will be bookended by the castle at one end of North Street and the proposed new civic centre at the other, where North Street meets with Seatown.

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