I welcome the Acquisition of Shanganagh Castle by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, the total amount of 4.65 acres of land zoned for Residential use is great news for the area and may result in much needed housing and other amenities in the area.

The Castle is a historical site, now being restored to its former glory and may prove to be a valuable use to the community with many possible uses.

At a meeting of the Dún Laoghaire Area Committee on Monday 2 September, 2013 Councillors were advised by the County Manager that agreement had been reached between the Council and Castlethorn whereby the Council will transfer ownership of 11 acres of Council owned land, which is zoned open space and located to the east of the DART line, to Castlethorn in return for the following:

1.       Shanganagh Castle, a number of buildings adjacent to the Castle and c6.35 acres of land around the Castle,

2.       A plot of c2.32 acres of residential zoned lands currently occupied by Woodbrook Golf Club adjacent to the
          proposed Woodbrook DART Station and

3.       A plot of c2.33 acres of residential zoned lands at the Old Dublin Road end of the Woodbrook lands.

Transfer of these lands to the Council will attract stamp duty and VAT of €210,000 which the Council has provided for. It is intended that part of the Woodbrook Golf Club course will be relocated to the 11 acre site.

Shanganagh Castle is currently in very poor condition. The intention is that it will be restored in line with best conservation practice by the County Council. A provision of €500,000 has been included in the Council’s Capital Budget 2013 to 2016 to enable the Castle to be secured and to undertake emergency work to prevent water ingress etc, which should prevent further deterioration of the building. It is likely that the 1950s dormitory block adjacent to the Castle will be demolished.