Tree crashes into the Curragh’s Herbert Lodge

The scene at Herbert Lodge last week. Pics: Jimmy Fullam.

The scene at Herbert Lodge last week. Pics: Jimmy Fullam.

Herbert Lodge on the Curragh is expected resume music classes this week, following last Wednesday’s storm, which closed the music school.

The premises, located between Newbridge and Kildare town, was extensively damaged when an old Cedar tree crashed onto the building, partially demolishing the roof and causing interior damage.

It occurred before 4pm - at the height of the February 12 storm, which wreaked havoc in parts of the country.

“The tree was nearly as old as the house itself and it’s a miracle that nobody was injured in the incident,” director Berna Hayden told the Leader.

She added: “It was an amazing wind, more like a hurricane really and there were less than 10 people there at the time including four students.”

Ms Hayden explained that the likelihood of stormy conditions meant that many class has been called off in advance by teachers at Herbert Lodge, which is home to the Kildare International School of Excellence for Young Musicians and the Co. Kildare

The school has existed for 25 years and currently has some 200 pupils as well as 20 teachers.

It was not possible to give an estimate of the damage caused pending a through examination of the scene but classes will resume in nearby prefabs, pending a reconstruction project.

“It is a huge relief that nobody was injured and since then we are grateful for the very many offers of help we have received, especially from parents of students. No doubt we will need to do some fundraising in the future,” added Ms. Hayden.




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