Conservation plan for Fethard Castle

By Dan Walsh

Great excitement in Fethard after Wexford County Council have secured funding under the Community Monuments Fund of €70,000 for Fethard Castle.

The core objective of the Community Monuments Fund is to support the conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of local monuments and historic sites.

Chairman of Fethard Community Development Association, Richard Finn told about recent developments in the village and outlined that a 5-Year Plan has been agreed and the main proposed improvements include works on Fethard Castle and extending the Walking Trails. Development on the old burned-out RIC Barracks in the village is also a high priority.

“This is really significant news for Fethard-on-Sea,” said Mr Finn, who added; “Many thanks to all at Wexford County Council especially Diarmuid Houston, Catherine McLoughlin and the outgoing Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, New Ross District Cllr Michael Whelan.”

Some of the team at Fethard Community Development Association in the grounds of Fethard Castle – Sinead Kidd (Secretary), Richard Finn (Chairman) and Anne Wall (Committee).

Fethard is dependant on tourism and the good news is that despite some limited activity because of Covid-19 the village and district is faring well with staycationers enjoying the facilities. The weather is particularly helpful with temperatures reached 24 degrees Celsius yesterday (Tuesday) and warm weather forecast for the rest of the week. “The motor homes vacation is really strong this summer and we are delighted to welcome all visitors to the area,” concluded Mr. Finn.

Richard King (Chairman), Sinead Kidd (Secretary) and Anne Wall (committee) from Fethard Community Development Association are guests with Dan Walsh on Mid-Week Voices on South East Radio this evening (Wednesday) at 8pm.   

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