29 July 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Patsy McArdle

THE re-opening after major restoration work on the historic Gate Lodge at the entrance-way to Hope Castle in Castleblayney last Monday was described yesterday as a “good news story for Blayney” by the Cathaoirleach of the Carrickmacross/Castleblayney Municipal District, Cllr. Aidan Campbell.

The restoration of the building—as reported elsewhere this edition had a very personal aspect for the popular Blayney Fine Gael local authority councilor—as it was once his own family home!

His late father, Leo, who was a very prominent Macra na Feirme and IFA enthusiast, as well as one of the key founders of Castleblayney Show Society, had the occupancy of the property, which was then owned by the Fransciscan Sisters, the religious community with a head house of the Order at Mill Hill in London, which previously owned the Hope Castle estate. The late Mr. Campbell was the assigned land steward for the community .

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