Historic ironwork is a beautiful feature of the Irish landscape. From the architectural railings of historic buildings to the disappearing traditional field gates dotted along our rural roadsides to the wonderful ironwork surrounding tombs and grave plots in our historic graveyards, it contributes greatly to our sense of place. However, historic ironwork needs to be cared for and maintained to ensure its continued survival in the landscape.
The former St Mary’s Church of Ireland in Ballinrobe now houses the town’s library. Mature trees and the old graveyard provide the setting for the building. Located just off the main street, the site provides a tranquil town centre space. In 2020 works commenced on enhancing the library and its grounds as an attractive ad welcoming civic space.
The largest burial plot in the graveyard is enclosed by beautiful wrought iron railings. Due to neglect over the decades, their condition had deteriorated significantly. A phased project was commenced in 2020 to repair and conserve the railings. In 2022, the railings on the east side of the plot will be conserved. The ongoing conservation process is being recorded and documented.
Please note that the details of events listed above are provided by the relevant Local Authorities.