Cobh Municipality Seek IDA Answers to Wallingstown Castle Site

By Seamus Whelehan

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Cobh Municipality is to ask the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) to explain its intentions for a rundown Castle which stands on part of its land.

Wallingstown Castle, dating back to the 16 century, lies in a field in the Wallingstown industrial Estate Little Island.

The ruin consists of a rectangular tower house three storeys in height, and is believed to have been in the ownership of Colonel Alexander Pigott the Provost of Bandon.

The property was later passed to Lord Lisle and, after that, to the Bury family.

Cllr Padraig O’Sullivan told Cllrs on Monday that he was becoming increasingly concerned for the structure.

In March 2018 the Fianna Fail Cllr approached the IDA as the site was in a delicate state and the subject of regular vandalism.

Since the matter was raised with the Development Authority, the curtilage of the site has been secured and landscaped, but the building has deteriorated further.

Cllr O’Sullivan said “they did nothing to protect the structure wich is on the historic register. It’s all overgrown again, so it’s like they have done nothing.”

He said if the IDA was unwilling to do anything with the building, then the local community would willingly take it in charge and maintain it.

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