THERE is a strong interest from potential buyers of Athy’s White’s Castle.
A member of the Allsops auction house team handling the sale said the interest has been “considerable”, with “the number of viewings and legal paperwork downloads high”.
The auction is due to take place this Friday in the Shelbourne Hotel. The castle, built in 1417, has a reserve price of €50,000.
Meanwhile, the fundraising campaign by local groups, Athy Lions Club and Athy Chamber of Commerce, is progressing nicely. According to organiser Frank Taaffe, they are “very hopeful” of raising money to buy the castle.
“It shows the strength of interest local people have in the Castle and hopefully the money can be used to persude Athy Town Council to buy it for the people of the town,” he said. The Council has stated: “We are actively considering options that might facilitate the Castle reverting to public ownership and is facilitating the engagement of a number of groups to look at all available options.”
Meanwhile the former owner, local man Gabriel Dooly, is mounting a last-ditch legal action to stop the sale. He declined to comment any further.