Funding of €30,000 has been allocated under the Government’s 2018 Structures at Risk Scheme to Mallow Castle and will be used to help address the dry rot problem in the stately old house.
The money, which will be matched by Cork County Council, comes from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The scheme is in place to help fund vital conservation works on iconic buildings, in both private and public ownership, that are deemed to be ‘at a serious risk of deterioration’. Under the scheme, funding is allocated to a wide variety of structures, from gates, cottages and lock houses and weirs to larger buildings such as Mallow Castle, which is one of the largest single recipients under the 2018 fund.
Cllr John Paul O’Shea explained: “The dry rot problem was discovered during recent works at Mallow Castle over recent months, and the work on rectifying the problem is already under way. Our aim, always, is to make the house suitable so it can be opened up to the general public at some stage in the near future.”