Fianna Fáil Senator Denis O’Donovan has welcomed confirmation that Castledonovan Castle near Drimoleague will open this summer after a protracted refurbishment project.
This week it was confirmed that Castledonovan or O’Donovan’s Castle restoration project is near completion and should be open to the public during the summer.
“This is a project that I have had a keen interest in since I joined Cork County Council in 1985,” said Senator O’Donovan.
“At that time, as part of the National Monument Committee in the Council, I managed to divert funding to restoration projects in West Cork.
“I vigorously pursued the revamp of Castledonovan Castle as it was in danger of collapse and I continued to do so in the Oireachtas. The castle has since been protected and restored after many years of campaigning. There is a lot of history attached to the castle and it forms an important part of the tourism potential of West Cork.
“I am pleased that the constant efforts, not just by me, but many people has come to fruition, including former Minister Síle De Valera who officially sanctioned finance for the refurbishment plan in 1991.
“The delay in completing the project is partly to do with complex and painstaking work that was needed to restore elements of the castle. The project has cost in the region of €1.6 million and with the potential of the castle and the Drimoloeague area, I am certain it will be money well spent.
“I also welcome the fact that the OPW will support the local community group, through the ‘Communities Initiative’ in promoting the castle and turning it into a tourist attraction. The owners of the castle have also indicated their support for this with car parking spaces also to be provided.
“It is hoped that the castle will be open to members of the public in early June or July. I look forward to Castledonovan Castle becoming a major element of the West Cork tourism sector in the coming years.