HISTORIC MARKET HOUSE IN CASTLEBLAYNEY FENCED OFF

31 January 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

COLLAPSED INTERNAL WALL LEADS TO FEARS FOR PUBLIC SAFETY
Michael Fisher

The historic market house near the entrance to Hope Castle in Castleblayney has been fenced off because of fears that it might collapse. A structural survey carried out last Thursday for Monaghan County Council, which owns the building, discovered that an internal wall had collapsed. As a result, safety measures were taken to seal off the disused building.

This required the boxing in of the newly erected Big Tom statue, unveiled by President Higgins four months ago. Councillors at a meeting of the Municipal District in Carrickmacross were informed on Monday that there was now some concern for the stability of the building as a whole.

It was agreed to put a cordon around it, in case there was a collapse, and a further investigation will be undertaken to see what needs to be done to stabilise the building, which was erected in the Market Square around 1790. Cllr Aidan Campbell asked if residents in the square could be consulted whenever major work was going to be carried out. He said the area was already disrupted because of work being carried out on the mains by Irish Water. This was causing traffic mayhem around all these roads which were being closed…

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