This weekend, the Kildare County Council has announced it is planning to re-open its historic Kilkenny Castle to visitors after more than 20 years closed for renovations.
In a move that is likely to spark some local debate and controversy, Kildarra County Council announced on Thursday it will reopen the historic castle to visitors on Friday, January 19, 2018.
The Castle, which has been closed since 2012, will now be open to guests and visitors.
It is a first for Kilkennan Castle.
The historic castle, which was built in the late 1800s and is the only building on Kilkenish Mountain, has been at the heart of much debate over its closure and the reopening of the castle.
The castle was closed for more than a decade after the council realised the cost of renovating the structure and its impact on the surrounding landscape and on the area’s ecology.
In 2016, a group of farmers, forestry and conservationists decided to stop the closure, arguing that the building was a public amenity and that it should be preserved.
A year later, the group was successful in getting the Castle reopened.
In 2018, it was opened to visitors.
The council said that while it would be possible to reopening the Castle, it would need to meet the requirements of Kilkennes Land Council.
The changes to the building include removing the large wooden doors, replacing the large, glass-fronted windows, replacing stained glass and replacing the interior with a more natural environment.
Kilkenny has been a focal point for the debate over the Castle’s closure, with the local government saying it is a significant loss to the landscape and a significant cultural asset.
The Kilkynchians say the Castle is an important part of the Kilkins heritage.
It was the site of a meeting between Lord Kilkoe, Lord Broriggan and Lord Raithwall.
The Lord Kilkoos were the leaders of the Ulster Volunteer Force during the Easter Rising.
Kilkenny Castle was opened in 1851 and has become the centre of the area.
The Kildurra County Court was built at the site in 1871 and opened in 1901.
The area is currently home to the Northern Ireland Museum.
The Royal Kilkie Castle is a former prison, but has been converted into a museum.
It also includes the site where Sir James Dornan, a prominent leader of the rebellion, was imprisoned.