Council wants to discuss future of White's Castle with owners

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Council wants to discuss future of White's Castle with owners
11:22 Wednesday 17th of April 2019

Kildare Co Council said it's happy to discuss the future of White's Castle in Athy with its owners.

Cllr Brian Dooley had asked the Council write to the owner of White's Castle asking what are their intentions in relation to the Castle structure and the upkeep of the building.

The famous landmark was built in 1417 by Sir John Talbot, Viceroy of Ireland, to protect the bridge over the River Barrow and the inhabitants of the Pale.

It was later acquired by the Doyle family and sold in 2005 to its current owners.

The issue was raised at the Athy Municipal District meeting this week.

A Council spokesperson said: "The statutory duty of care for upkeep and maintenance of a protected structure is the responsibility of the owner/occupier.

"White's Castle is in private ownership and consequently the duty of care for the upkeep and maintenance of the Castle lies with the owner.

"The previous District Manager had engaged in discussions with the owners, and as the District Manager had previously stated, the Council is happy to discuss future proposals for White's Castle with its owner."

A family member of the owners, Terry Doyle, who now lives in the UK, suggested to KildareNow in 2016 that a trust should be set up with a mission to collect funds and purchase the property in the future.

Mr Doyle, who lived with his family in the Castle from 1965 to 1977, said he was sad and disappointed to see the deteriorating condition of the landmark building.

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