25/03/14

25/03/2014 : Deenihan announces next phase of Killarney House and Gardens restoration work with the award today of €1.1 million contract for hard landscaping

Deenihan announces next phase of Killarney House and Gardens restoration work with the award today of €1.1 million contract for hard landscaping

  • Contractor: Contract awarded to Ned O’Shea & Sons Ltd., Rock Business Centre, Tralee, Co Kerry with work to commence within a few days.
  • Project: The overall project will restore Killarney House and Gardens, create a visitor centre for Killarney National Park and will make a significant contribution to heritage and tourism.
  • Employment: A spokesperson for Ned O’Shea & Sons confirmed that securing this contract should protect the jobs of 10 – 15 of its existing staff as well as creating temporary employment for certain specialist skill sets that will be required during the course of the project.  It is estimated that the overall House and Gardens project will create in the region of 90 jobs.

Tuesday, 25th march, 2014—Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has announced the imminent commencement of the next phase of works involved in the restoration of Killarney House and Gardens.  The contract for hard landscaping works for the new Pleasure Gardens which was awarded today will commence within days and will include: –

  • Removal of small woodland, selected trees, and fencing
  • Conservation/reinstatement- historic pathways
  • Provision of new stone paving.
  • Conservation repairs to historic gates
  • Provision of new surface water drainage and associated site services
  • Re-grading and ground preparations and landscape and re-seeding works
  • Provision of new fencing including deer fencing, metal and timber fencing and new gates.

This announcement follows on the announcement at the start of the year of the signing of a contract for the complete refurbishment of Killarney House itself.  The contract signed today is the first phase of restoration works to the former Pleasure Grounds and Gardens which will ultimately create spectacular landscaped areas that will merge into the natural areas of the Park and which will provide vistas linking the town to the scenery of mountain, wood and water.

These works will recreate a historically appropriate and beautiful setting for the refurbished Killarney House, which when fully restored will function as a National Park Visitor Centre, and which will include a newly built extension that will house an interpretative centre for the National Park, exhibition space for temporary exhibitions, displays and cultural events, and a number of reception rooms that will be reinstated to accommodate original furniture currently in storage.

Minister Deenihan has welcomed the imminent commencement of this phase of work on the project, commenting:

“I am delighted to announce that this further phase of work to Killarney House and Gardens is to commence within the next few days. Killarney House and Gardens has the potential to become an attraction of national and international importance.  The restored pleasure grounds and gardens will be truly spectacular. They will provide a historically appropriate and beautiful setting for the restored Killarney House and will rival anything either in Ireland or abroad.

What is particularly unique about this project is its close proximity to the Town.  It creates an important new link, and strengthens the relationship, between Killarney National Park and Killarney Town.  When completed, Killarney House and Gardens is set to become one of the top attractions in the region for visitors and locals alike and the additional tourism created by this project will greatly benefit the local economy and local long term job creation.”

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Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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