Plans to repair Ballinafad Castle in county Sligo

Plans are underway to start repair work at Ballinafad castle in east Sligo.

The Office of Public Works has confirmed to Ocean FM that it is working to ensure that the structure – which dates back to the nine years war in 1592 – remains stable.

The castle is often referred to as the ‘Castle of the Curlews’ with its strategic location as it was built to defend the pass through the Curlew mountains.

Passersby will notice that the scaffolding is in place at the castle and the OPW says it’s ready to begin work.

However, the weather is too cold currently to work with traditional lime mortar and the OPW will wait for an improvement in conditions before beginning.

This work is carried out regularly by the OPW on similar structures around the country and is done as much as possible over the summer period.