The Towers at the Point Road was one of Dundalk’s iconic buildings yet it never became a protected structure and was totally demolished.
But now a new company Black and White Construction Lts has applied to Dundalk Town Council to built four semi-detatched three bedroomed houses on the site, and, as town council chairman Eamonn O’Boyle said at a town council meeting: “It is good to see something is being done about it”.
The house was built in the early nineteen hundreds by Thomas Craig who owned an important millinery and outfitters shop now occupied by the Allied Irish Bank at the Square.
The shop was burned during the War of Independence.
The Towers was built before the First World War, before radio and television, at a time when music was very important.
The Dundalk Orchestrial Society was formed in 1900 and for one season at least, its members practised on the flat roof of Mr Craig’s house at the Navvy Bank. The music from the roof of The Towers drifted out across the Castletown river: Schubert, Hayden, Offenbach. Who knows? We might hear it again.