Ireland: Buildings at Risk and the Irish Property Slump
The National Trust for Ireland- An Taisce
The Irish property slump has created new problems of dereliction and abandonment of architecturally important buildings throughout the country.
While the focus of media attention has understandably been on ghost estates and the plight of residents living in uncompleted developments, there is a parallel problem of dereliction and abandonment of our historic built heritage. This is a particular issue in Limerick City where the out of town growth has particularly failed the urban centre.
Across the country, major Country Houses which were to be conserved as part of development schemes are now lying empty following the economic collapse. Carriglass Manor (the home of Jane Austin’s former love interest) in Co. Longford and Whitfield Court in Co Waterford are just too examples.
The most significant case in the Dublin City area is Aldborough House, the last great mansion of the 18th century, located near the…
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