Speaking this week, Deputy Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, TD, Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW ) and Flood Relief, welcomed the commencement of these essential works.
“I welcome the commencement of these essential works to the walls of Athlone Castle. These works, once completed, will enhance the landscape of the Castle which is an integral focal point of the town of Athlone and an important visitor attraction for the Hidden Heartlands of Ireland. These works will cause some disruption to the visitor experience and local residences, but my colleagues in the OPW have created a schedule of works to minimise this disruption in the proximity of the Castle,” Deputy Moran remarked.
Athlone Castle Visitor Centre and grounds will be closed to the public from February 27 to March 15 and from May 13 to May 25 inclusive to facilitate these works.
For public safety reasons it will be necessary to close the tunnel under the town bridge and adjacent pedestrian area for these periods also.