The Oughterard Courthouse Restoration and Heritage Company limited is now the promoter of plans to restore this iconic building into a vibrant and fully functioning space for the community and surrounding areas.
The application to LEADER for the ‘Flagship Project’ funding is currently being considered at national level having successfully passed through the regional board stage. All being well, progress at the site should be visible in the very near future.
The restoration plans have now been organised into two distinct phases:
Essential repairs to weatherproof the courthouse. The existing roof slates to be removed and replaced by Blue Bangor slates, windows, doors etc to be restored. Internal plasterwork made good, electrical rewiring and a sustainable heating system installed. An extension to the rear of the building incorporating toilets and a Servery. After the completion of phase one, the building will be finished to a high standard and accessible for users.
Phase one would safeguard the building and open it up to the community for a variety of activities and uses, involving an improved library, cultural, educational and heritage activities
Will see a further extension to rear of building, addition of courtyard and mezzanine floor in the courtroom. A new range of services such as training facility on the first floor, expanded library facilities, Coffee shop, reading room and storage space.
Details of these plans can be viewed by clicking on the PDfs at the bottom of this page
While the funding from LEADER, together with funds already raised at earlier events, will enable work on phase 1, and the Courthouse will re-open upon completion of this phase, there will still be a significant shortfall in funds required to complete the restoration in full. Fundraising efforts continue, therefore, and the latest initiative – Bricks & Slates – will be launched at the Courthouse during Heritage Week, on Friday 23 rd August: