SAVED!

AN important piece of Ardee’s history has been saved thanks to members of the Ardee Historical Society.

AN important piece of Ardee’s history has been saved thanks to members of the Ardee Historical Society.

The county council decided to knock part of the stone wall at The Station at Church Hill, but a member of the newly formed history society realised the significance of what was happening and brought the operation to a halt.

The wall dates back to the 18th century and was part of the boundary wall of the garden of Ardee House, now St Joseph’s nursing home.

This was the home of the Ruxton family, one of whom was the last MP for Louth.

Over the years, parts of this wall were removed to allow access to the dispensary and day care centre.

But thanks to the historical society the part that has just been knocked will be restored.

Members of the society and some Ardee Town councillors met with Ardee area engineers the morning after the wall was knocked and it has been agreed that the historic wall will be restored.

“I have to say the council was brilliant once the significance of what was happening was pointed out,” Mr John Rafferty chairman of the Ardee Historical Society said.

“Sean McQuillan, the foreman on site, stopped the job, and the workers Phil Bradley and Jim Maher were very concerned.

“One of our members stayed on the site over night, and early next morning we met with engineer Sean O’Reilly and the wall will be rebuilt incorporating a seat for people to sit on. So everyone wins.”