Review of castle after wall collapse
THE collapse of the north wall of Mountgarret Castle in New Ross has led to a review of the 15th century structure by Wexford County Council.
A large section of the north wall of the building collapsed in late January. This followed the collapse of the southern wall four years ago.
Wexford County Council Director of Services Eamonn Hore said specialists from the Department of Heritage will be assessing the castle, along with officials from the council.
Mr Hore said: 'It's listed as a national monument. The review is at very early stages. After a wall collapsed on the castle four years ago, the north wall was deemed to be relatively safe, but with the weather it collapsed.'
Senator Jim Walsh, who lives near the castle, said the north wall should have been lowered some time ago. He said the combination of high winds and wet weather affected the mortar holding the wall together, causing it to collapse. Part of the east wall was also damaged.
The impressive building on the ring road, overlooking New Ross, was the residence of Patrick Barrett, Lord Chancellor of Ireland and Bishop of Ferns, who rebuilt and reconstructed it in the early part of the fifteenth century (circa A.D. 1401).