By Dan Walsh
Barntown Castle has weathered many storms for centuries, but in the 21st century the structure is in a very vulnerable state and to prevent inevitable collapse and destruction, essential remediation works are a matter of the utmost urgency.
Fortunately, Barntown Heritage Group, working in partnership with the landowner, are working towards carrying out essential repair works to the base of the tower house walls by the late summer.
This is where your help is needed, as part of a grant allocation from Historic Structures Fund and other secured funds, the community group need to fundraise a further €5,300 to complete phase 1 of these important conservation works.
These funds will go towards the repair and stabilisation works to the base of the tower house wall and repointing of the outer walls up a height of 2-metres from the base of the castle and the addition of a tower house door to secure its physical history.
Archaeologist Ronan O’Flaherty told WexfordLocal.com that Barntown Castle is one of the best surviving examples of a Wexford Castle – a bit later than the Norman castles dotted around the south-eastern counties.
Barntown is a late medieval, possibly 16th century tower house of four storeys, with the entrance protected by a machicolation. The lobby shows evidence of a murder hole and the battlements have been destroyed.
It was built by the Roches as a protection for the garrison that supplied Ferrycarrig Castle with provisions and was held by Walter Roche until his death in 1561 when it passed to his heir, William Wadding.
More on Save Barntown Castle can be heard on Mid Week Voices with Dan Walsh on South East Radio this Wednesday evening at 8pm.