A blueprint for regenerating the neighbourhood around Carrick-on-Suir’s Ormond Castle was unanimously approved by Carrick Town Council’s elected members at their last ever monthly meeting.
The Ormond Castle Quarter Improvement Scheme recommends a series of measures to increase the tourism profile of the Tudor castle by making it more physically accessible and visually attractive to tourists and linking the historic quarter more with the town centre.
Among its proposals are improving the physical appearance of streets around the Castle and Castle Park with such measures as signage, street furniture, seating and planting and the development of a car park for tour coaches close to the castle that is accessible to the N24.
The Scheme proposes improving pedestrian footpath access to the Castle from the N24 and the Quays, which it says is currently “poorly lit and uninviting” and securing funding for conserving the remains of the town’s walls
It recommends improving the views of the river from the Castle and the relationship between the Castle and River Suir by developing a riverside park on a site close to the quay.
It also proposes the redevelopment of the derelict Shebeen Pub site on Castle Street as a “gateway” building for the Ormond Castle quarter and conservation of Carrick’s remaining town walls.
The 70-page document was devised by South Tipperary Co. Council’s Planning Department and its final draft was presented to the Carrick Town Council’s May monthly meeting last week for approval.
Co. Council executive planner Clare Lee said the improvement and regeneration of the Ormond Castle Quarter was key to the development of Carrick as a tourism destination in Tipperary and the Improvement Scheme set out an agreed vision for the area.
She said the Scheme will support and guide proposals for improvement works or applications for funding for the Ormond Castle Quarter.
It was proposed to seek funding for the improvement works over a phased period of time, she said.
Ms Lee added that the Council received 7 submissions when the draft scheme was put out to public consultation.
Mayor Cllr Kieran Bourke led the unanimous welcome for the Scheme among council members. He called for representatives of Failte Ireland and the OPW to work more together in relation to developing Ormond Castle’s tourist potential.