Ardee town councillors have been told that the work on redesigning the interior of Ardee Castle, so that it can be opened permanently to the public, is still in progress and the project has not been forgotten.
The castle saga came up at last week’s meeting of the council, the second last meeting in the council’s history.
Fine Gael councillor Finnan McCoy said €200,000 had been put into the Castlen project in the last few years.
“It was supposed to be ready before Christmas,” he said. “There’s not even a key of the castle in Ardee. After St Patrick’s Day we couldn’t get into it.”
But Mr Joe McGuinness of Louth County Council said the work is continuing.
It is a very difficult building, he said. Well, that’s true. Central heating for the Normans meant killing a few wooly cattle or sheep and wrapping their coats about you.
But there has been very good progress at the design stage, he told the council members and “I would hope to bring that back at the last meeting of Ardee Town Council”.
Ah, the last meeting of Ardee Town Council.
Get ready. It’s time to start singing Auld Lang Syange. Does anybody know the words? The most famous song in the world and so few know the words.
The farewells have already begun. Former Town Clerk Miriam Roe was presented before the meeting with a beautiful print by council members in appreciation of all her professional help before she moved to the county hall in Dundalk.
The councillors said that even before she became town clerk Miriam was always there willing to help and give advice. And they thanked her for her public service to the people of Ardee.
Miriam said she felt very honoured to have worked for Ardee Town Council and enjoyed every minute of it.
“Whatever the members of the council do here, it is always in the best interest of the people of Ardee,” she said, and recalled many great moments such as Ardee becoming Ireland’s first Age-Friendly town, the campaign to save St Joseph’s, and the civic receptions for Ardee Tidy Towns committee and Monastery Boys National School.
She also recalled donning a vis jacket and wellingtons and going out and picking up litter.
Everybody wished her well in her new post.