Fallen tree closes Herbert Lodge temporarily

Herbert  Lodge.  Photo. Jimmy Fullam.

Herbert Lodge. Photo. Jimmy Fullam.


Herbert Lodge, one of the most historic buildings on the Curragh, is expected to re-open next week despite extensive damage caused by a tree during Wednesday’s storm.

The 150 year old cedar tree - almost as old as the building itself - fell through the roof of the structure at 3.45pm causing extensive damage.

The Kildare International School of Excellence for Young Musicians is based at Herbert Lodge, which is situated near Newbridge, off the Newbridge-Kildare road. The Co. Kildare Orchestra also evolved from Herbert Lodge.

“I’m thanking the Lord that nobody was injured in the incident. At the time there was a small group of teachers and 4 students there. There would have been many more but classes were cancelled because of the weather meaning there were much less people present,” said Ms. Hayden, KISEYM Director.

She added that she is grateful for the many offers of help and support from many current and former students and parents.

It’s not yet clear how much it will cost to repair the roof and classrooms.

Classes are set to resume next in week in the unaffected prefabricated buildings beside the main building.




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