15 July 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

“I apologise to the people of Castleblayney for the disruption caused by the safety measures blocking off the area around the Market House.” Monaghan County Council Chief Executive Eamonn O’Sullivan did not mince his words last Thursday as he officially launched an exhibition by six leading architects and designers on Irish market towns at the restored Hope Castle Gate Lodge. With the shell of the roofless Market House within view, Mr O’Sullivan stated: “As soon as we establish the structural integrity of the building, we will be delighted to relax the road closures and then move on to do the restoration work. Let’s re- imagine how this building can make a positive contribution to the town and create something we will all be proud of.”

The noted architect and town planner, Patrick Shaffrey, who also spoke at the event, told The Northern Standard he thought the Chief Executive’s comments were very good and he thought he would get the backing of local people if the Council decided that the Market House should be refurbished.

The six architects and designers who came together to work on the small towns …

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