Portumna Castle Gate Lodge is now in State ownership, Galway East TD and Minister for Rural Affairs Seán Canney has said.
Minister Canney has received confirmation that the land transfer process for the building has been completed.
He said: “The Gate Lodge was put on the market earlier this year. Following my intervention with Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan, her Department began the process of acquiring the property.
“I have been advised the Gate Lodge is now in public ownership and its future is secured. This is excellent news for Portumna. The Gate Lodge is an integral part of the Castle and it was vital that it should be secured to enhance the tourist offering there.
“There have been great improvements at the Castle recently with the Office of Public Works opening the café and courtyard building.
“Portumna is a key attraction within the tourism initiative around Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. The town is blessed with the natural amenity provided by the River Shannon that is complemented by the attractions of a modern marina, the Irish Workhouse Centre and the Castle and walled gardens.
For more information, please contact Minister Canney on 086-2513639
July 31 2019