€1.6 million approved for Doneraile Court restoration

€1.6 million in funding has been announced for the restoration of the ground floor of Doneraile Court, it has been announced. The project has gone out to ten-der, and, when approved, work will begin on the refurbishment of down-stairs rooms into a visitor reception and interpretive area, according to Deputy Seán Sherlock, who said: “This is another feather in the cap for Doneraile Park as a major amenity, and will benefit everyone who uses that park. People are proud of Doneraile and I want to thank Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran who visited in July last year. The minister has honoured the commitment he made then. It will take some time, but it is a major bonus for the people of this region.
“This is a vital announce-ment for North Cork and the wider Cork region. I await further details from the Minister on the timescales involved, but this announcement keeps Doneraile on the OPW agenda and I will make sure it stays there,” he added.
Doneraile Park is one of the top visitor attractions in the country, with its beautiful park and historic gardens, and Doneraile Court as its centrepiece. The house has been closed to the public for many years, and work has been ongoing in an attempt to restore the building to its former glory.