This week Kildare County Council are being asked to explore possible uses for Jigginstown Castle in Naas, which could potentially include using the historical castle as a visitors centre.
The derelict castle in situated on the Naas to Newbridge road and is a 17th century building that was never completed.
The castle was originally built by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland at the time, Thomas Wentworth, as a place for King Charles to stay when visiting Ireland. However, the downfall and execution of Lord Straffon for treason in 1641 meant that the building was never completed and it was destroyed during the civil strife of the 1640s.
The basement and the castle's ground floor are still standing to this day. The building was one of the largest at the time and the first to be constructed of red brick, with plans for a pavement and columns of Kilkenny marble.
Councillor Sorcha O'Neill is asking the council to explore options for the site 'similar to historical visitor centres like EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum in Dublin', in the hope of attracting more visitors to the area of Naas.
Meanwhile, Cllr O'Neill is also asking that the council suspends all road or footpath works and road closures that will affect the Main Street in Naas or traffic going to or from Punchestown during the festival week period from Tuesday 30 April to Saturday 04 May 2019.
Both questions will be put to the council at the next meeting of the Naas Municipal District tomorrow Tuesday, April 16, 2019.
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