King John’s Castle redevelopment works will not disrupt peak tourism season

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

WORK on the €5.6 million redevelopment of King John’s Castle and Castle Lane is set for a spring start, according to Shannon Heritage boss John Ruddle.

WORK on the €5.6 million redevelopment of King John’s Castle and Castle Lane is set for a spring start, according to Shannon Heritage boss John Ruddle.

But there is no prospect of pulling up the drawbridge next summer as work will be staggered in such a way so as not to disrupt peak tourist season.

“We will remain open right the way through the main season. The work that will be done first will actually be the Castle Lane buildings and any of the areas that don’t directly affect public access,” Mr Ruddle said, adding there would be no closure of the castle itself until late 2012.

Shannon Development is contributing around €1 million to the project, with the remainder from Failte Ireland. Most of the money will be spent redeveloping Castle Lane, formerly a pub, into a new visitor centre. As for the castle itself, it had yet to be decided whether to recreate the medieval era or the period of the sieges of Limerick.