Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan has called on the State to purchase McDermott’s Castle on Lough Key in Boyle.
He told fellow senators: “The castle is a designated national monument. WB Yeats unsuccessfully tried to buy it in 1899 with a view to turning it into a national heritage site”.
Noting that the castle and half-acre island it is located on is scheduled to go for auction on December 13th (asking price reportedly €90,000), Senator Feighan proposed that the State buys the castle with a view to preserving this historic national monument into the long-term future.
“This historic 12th century castle is steeped in history and is located in one of the most scenic places in Ireland”.
Senator Feighan said that he will write to Josepha Madigan, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and also to OPW Minister, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran to raise this proposal with them.