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Lissadell House to re-open on Friday

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Lissadell House and Gardens in Sligo will re-open to the public this Friday.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will officiate at the event, which will mark the first time that public will be able to visit the historic estate in five years.

The estate, the ancestral home of Constance Markievicz, was bought for €3.75 million by barristers Eddie Walsh and Constance Cassidy in 2003. They spent more than €9 million on repairs, refurbishments and improvements, but closed the estate to the public when disputes arose over rights of way. The couple were involved in litigation with Sligo County Council in a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court, which ruled that there was only one, not four, rights of way.

The couple thanked Minister of State for Small Business John Perry for his support over the years.

Minister Perry said the re-opening would be of “huge economic benefit to the region, to the Atlantic corridor and the west of Ireland”.

Shane Smyth, Bundoran Tourism Officer, welcomed the news.

He said: “Being in such close proximity to Lissadell House here in Bundoran we are thrilled that this magnificent tourism attraction is once again opening its doors.

“Lissadell is a ‘destination’ attraction for many: a that a lot of people will make the journey to see it and hopefully spend a day or even a night in the region discovering everything else that it has to offer.

“We wish Edward and Constance every success in the future.”

 

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