Castle revamp work is praised

by Gazette Reporter

AN announcement that restoration works are under way at Swords Castle has been welcomed with open arms by a local Swords councillor.
Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) said he was “delighted” to see that the restoration work has finally begun on the archway and says it is the first step towards seeing the Swords Castle being used once again by the local community.
Cllr Butler is just one of many councillors in the north Dublin area who has campaigned for the restoration works to take place and says that once it is completed, it will be one hurdle out of the way.
“I’m delighted to see that work has finally started on the archway to Swords Castle. It will make the entrance safe and secure and it will mean further works can take place but we are still a long way off completion. I’m just glad to see that it is started, even if it does take a few years before it can be used.”
“The council got ministerial approval just before Christmas, as it’s a protected building, this approval is necessary before any work can commence on a building such as this. It’s great to see the council acting so quickly after getting approval,” he said.
Speaking to the Gazette, a spokesperson for Fingal County Council confirmed that the works have commenced on the local historical building.
The spokesperson said the next step is to carry out an archaeological survey.
“Fingal County Council can confirm that restoration and underpinning works of the entrance archway and surrounds are ongoing at Swords Castle. As part of these works, and under the direction of the National Monuments Service, an archaeological survey is currently under way.”
A timeline for completion is yet to be confirmed but Cllr Butler says that once the works are finished, the town could have the ideal venue to host local events and invite further tourism to the area.
The archway has proven a problem for a long time and has hindered any other important works from being carried out due to its hazardous nature.
Cllr Butler continued, “It has been a problem in that it has prevented us from using the castle for different functions, so hopefully the stabilisation works will allow us to fully avail of this wonderful amenity. It’s the first step in allowing us to use the castle for the purposes which will help showcase Swords,” he said.
“Ultimately I would like to see it as a venue and holding different events, plays and concerts. It’s a natural amphitheatre so it would be ideal for that. But we will have to wait and see,” he said.

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