Griffin rejects official view on Taghadoe church work

Kildare County Council has rejected the idea of carrying out a study on the church and round tower site at Taghadoe in Maynooth and doubts it would be roofed.

Kildare County Council has rejected the idea of carrying out a study on the church and round tower site at Taghadoe in Maynooth and doubts it would be roofed.

Cllr. Senan Griffin asked officials if the the Council would do the study, via its Heritage Office, in conjunction with the Office of Public Works. He believes the site could be ideal for a north Kildare museum

He told the 19 July meeting of the Council’s Celbridge area committee that they should see how to best maintain the church by roofing it and replacing doors and windows. The church, which lies beside an ancient round tower, is an attraction, but Cllr. Griffin believes more can be done with it and there are issues with the structure.

KCC Heritage Officer, Brigid Loughlin, said however the church, graveyard and round tower are recorded monuments in the care of the OPW and the latter maintains it through their works programme.

Ms. Loughlin, said regarding the proposals to re-roof the structure “such an approach to conservation is rarely taken as it is not in keeping with good conservation principles and can prove very costly.”

She said it “would not be appropriate for KCC to carry out such a feasability study.”

Cllr. Griffin told the Leader he hopes to try and get former NUI Maynooth Students Union president and now Minister, Brian Hayes, interested in his proposal. “I don’t believe it should be left as it is,” he said.

- Henry Baurress