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The iconic Rossnowlagh coach house is demolished

Matt Britton

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The iconic Rossnowlagh coach house is demolished

There was disappointment in Rossnowlagh on Tuesday morning last when the Coach House, an iconic building in the area was demolished.
Planning was granted for the development two years ago with no observations and objections and Donegal County Council have confirmed the building demolished was “neither listed nor preserved”.
Located adjacent to the Friary and overlooking the beautiful Donegal Bay, the old Coach House was built in the mid 1800's with the original natural stonework still in place.
The quaint building served as the actual coach house in the area providing stabling for the horses and overnight accommodation for the horse drivers.
This was at a time when Rossnowlagh was but a fledgling resort with the Sandhouse Bar, McCadden's, Highfield House and the Strand House offered basic lodgings to the growing number of visitors.
As the demolition started on Tuesday some local residents were surprised as they felt that the building was preserved which is in fact not the case, a fact confirmed by the local authority.
Donegal Co. Council confirmed the building was “neither listed nor preserved”.
Commenting on social media a number of people said they were disappointed that the building had been demolished, others questioned why the building had no been a listed or protected structure.