From 1937 to 2012 the lodge was leased by An Oige and was run as a youth hostel. Now Burncourt Community Council through a sub-lease hope to restore it as a community project, but they don’t have the funds to carry out the necessary repairs.
The project plans to rejuvenate the former shooting lodge into a resource for events, hill walkers and a retreat for artists and writers, including a cafe in the summer.
Burncourt Community Council has secured €15,000 funding from the Structures at Risk Fund which will allow partial repair of the roof. This will be an-ongoing project and it is envisaged that it will take several years to complete and restore.
Burncourt Community Council will need a lot of help with this project from the wider area, as well as grant-aid, and has asked that the wider community in the area (Clogheen, Ballyporeen, Ballylooby, Cahir and Mitchelstown) come on board to help fund raise for this project.
“We have had support from those areas. We have also received a good deal of support and positive feedback from Tipperary County Council”, the spokesperson said.
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