« BackCalls for funding to maintain a 13th century abbey in mid-Kerry

Calls have been made for funding to keep a 13th century abbey in mid Kerry from falling into further disrepair.

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Members of the Killagha Abbey Restoration Group made a submission to members of the South and West Municipal District meeting.

The group raised 29,000 pounds in 1990 to carry out work to the east window but now the church’s west outer gable is in danger of falling into disrepair.

They also want signage to be put in place to boost tourism to the site.

Cllr Michael O’Shea said Milltown can’t lose a structure like this saying it may not withstand another serious storm.

Kerry County Council which is responsible for the national monument said it is at risk but is not in immediate danger.

No national funding is currently available for the project which would cost €200,000 to repair in the medium term.

The council said it would look at including the abbey’s gable works in a graveyard report so funding can be applied for when it reopens.