Report on Cashel’s Medieval Walls

Cllr Tom Wood
Cllr Tom Wood has called on the local authority to help facilitate the inclusion of some restored areas of Cashels Medieval City Wall as part of an historic town trail.

Cllr Tom Wood has called on the local authority to help facilitate the inclusion of some restored areas of Cashels Medieval City Wall as part of an historic town trail.

“The walls, built between 1319 and 1324 and enclosing an area of 14 hectares are not just a protected structure but were designated a National Monument under a 1930-2004 Act. As a member of the Irish Walled Towns Network funding to the value of J350,000 was secured in recent years to facilitate conservation works on different sections around the town and I contend that upstanding sections of particular significance should be made accessible to tourists and groups interested in that part of our history”. One such section of particular importance stands at the rear of the Court House but the upstanding wall with its sallyport is bounded by lands in private ownership and land in the ownership of the OPW. The Municipal District Administrator has said that in May 2014 agreement was reached with the OPW allowing the Council to lower the boundary wall between the Main Street car park (known as the Buckley car park) and OPW lands, for the installation of a pedestrian footpath, and for lighting to facilitate public access, (pedestrian only).

Following that agreement the Council proceeded to undertake public consultation and the report of the Chief Executive, currently in preparation, will be brought before the September meeting.