The recently refurbished tower at Roscommon Castle is expected to be open to public by Easter, following confirmation by the Office of Public Works earlier this week.
Independent TD Denis Naughten had raised the issue with Minister Patrick O’Donavan and said he welcomes the news.
“While the opening will be dependent on any possible Covid restrictions in place, the Office of Public Works expects that the south-facing tower which overlooks the park will be open to the public by Easter.
“Refurbishment and access works have now been completed on the tower, which is part of a larger project that has seen close to €500,000 spent on works in Loughnaneane Park. This work has included the lighting of the castle, improved footpaths, a bandstand and additional car parking,” he said.
The timber overlay steps that are in place to protect the original stonework in the tower were crafted by OPW carpenters and apprentices at the National Monuments Athenry Workshops while the safety handrail was supplied by a local engineering firm.
Deputy Naughten added: “Visitors wishing to view the refurbished tower once it is opened will need to be accompanied and I understand the OPW expects to partner with the Roscommon Community Tourist Volunteer Group to facilitate this”.