Saving Carrick-on-Suir’s medieval walls

Carrick-on-Suir's Medieval town walls.
Vital work is being carried at the moment to make one of the main surviving sections of Carrick-on-Suir’s Medieval town wall structurally sound to ensure it survives for hundreds of more years.

Vital work is being carried at the moment to make one of the main surviving sections of Carrick-on-Suir’s Medieval town wall structurally sound to ensure it survives for hundreds of more years.

The work is part of a €30,000 conservation project funded by a grant from the Irish Walled Towns Network, which Carrick-on-Suir became a member of this year.

Tony Musiol, Chairman of Carrick-on-Suir Tourism & Economic Development Committee, said this is the first phase of a long term project to preserve the remains of the town’s defence walls, which date back to the early 14th century.

The Co. Council has drawn up a blueprint for the wall’s restoration called the Carrick-on-Suir Town Wall Management and Conservation and Interpretation Plan.

A section of the wall located at the boundary of the Castle Field near Carrick-on-Suir Tennis Club is the focus of the first phase of renovations.

Mr Musiol said the initial plan was to clean up the structure by removing vegetation and then re-point the stonework. But when the vegetation was removed the conservation workers had concerns about the structural soundness of the wall.

Mr Musiol said the initial plan to progress to the next section of wall has been delayed to repair the wall.

“The little bit of the wall we have exposed is beautiful,” he said.” It’s a great part of the story of Carrick-on-Suir.”

Other surviving sections of the wall are to be found around New Street, at Town Wall Street at the back of Carrick Heritage Centre, the West Gate and next to Super Valu. 
Carrick Municipal District Council will apply for more grant aid to carry out more conservation work on the walls next year.

“Once the conservation work is done. The wall should be in good condition for another few hundred years,” said Mr Musiol.