ARDEE Castle which is the oldest fortified town building in Ireland could soon be put to greater use and used as a tourism attraction.
Fionnula May, an architect with Fingal County Council, has completed a study of the castle and according to Mr Joe McGuinness Director of Services Louth County Council, she has made significant suggestions on how the castle can be put to greater use.
Mr McGuinness was answering a question put by Cllr Padraig McKenny regrading the architect’s report.
Ms May has already met the town council and said the building has three public spaces: a restaurant, the courtroom, and the top floor.
The top floor cannot be made accessible to everyone. But there is a lift to the courtroom, and on the ground floor a ramp would need to be installed at the steps to enable access to everyone.
The restaurant could be converted to the museum space.
“The great advantage,” she said, “is that the castle is in the heart of the town. It is tailor-made for tourism.”
Mr Brian Walsh, curator of the award-winning County Museum in Dundalk, wants the castle to provide a living museum to cover concerts, lectures and dramatic presentations of local historical events.
The museum would be linked to the County Museum, a heritage trail with links to Monasterboice and Newgrange and Bru na Boinne.