Dublin West TD and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has confirmed that €21,350 has been allocated to protect the historic ruins of Castleknock Castle and preserve it for the local community.
The funding has been provided under the Structures at Risk Fund as part of a national allocation of €900,000 to 57 heritage projects around Ireland.
“I’m delighted to confirm this funding which will help to preserve Castleknock Castle for future generations. It’s one of the most important historic sites in the area dating right back to the Norman era. The castle is located on the grounds of Castleknock College and is believed to be named for a Gaelic princess Cnucha, which gives the area its name. It has a colourful history, was fought over by local chieftains and was even captured by Robert the Bruce of Scotland. It’s also associated with numerous legends including The Lady of the Castle.
“This Government is determined to continue the good work of the last administration by focusing on vital services like education, housing and health in the area. However we must also protect our heritage and this new funding will help to preserve an important and historic landmark in Dublin West.”