“This is an exciting time as the restoration of Killarney House enters its final phase and plans are being refined for its reopening in 2014. I applaud the Minister, the OPW and Fáilte Ireland for recognising the potential and investing in the future of this historic landmark building”.
Killarney House Restoration on Course for Completion & Reopening in 2014
Kerry Fine Gael TD, Brendan Griffin has received confirmation that restoration works at Killarney House will be completed in time to reopen in 2014.
In response to a Dáil Question from Deputy Griffin, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, said that the first two phases of the restoration project, which have now been completed, were required to safeguard the structural integrity and to create the optimal internal layout of the house in preparation for the full restoration works.
Deputy Griffin was told that the next phases of works will include the full refurbishment of the main building, the construction of a new extension, the exhibition fit-out and extensive landscaping and other works to the ornamental grounds and gardens. He was also told that planning permission has been granted and substantive works on both the House and gardens are scheduled to begin later this year, with completion planned for 2014.
Minister Deenihan said that the €7million restoration project will be developed as the main visitor and interpretative centre for Killarney National Park. He said that the new centre would highlight the beauty and interpret the richness and significance of the Park’s landscapes, habitats, flora and fauna, as well as telling the story of man’s interaction with the Park over the centuries. He also said that it is intended that some of the formal rooms will be restored to their former glory.
Deputy Griffin has welcomed the response.
“I am delighted that Killarney House and Gardens will be restored to their former glory and will reopen next year. This is a very exciting project which will boost tourism in Killarney and County Kerry. “
Note to Editors
Killarney House was originally built in the early 18th Century and was home to the Earls of Kenmare and later John Mc Shain, an American contractor and developer. Killarney House was burned out 1879 and again in 1913. In 1998, the house was sold to the Irish State.
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