Legal battle looming over access to Castletown House

Legal battle looming over access to Castletown House
Dog walkers enjoy a brisk winter stroll in the grounds of Castletown house: but fears over vandalism and health and safety could see access restricted. Picture: Feargal Ward

A legal battle is looming over the rights of walkers to have 24-hour access to the state's grandest 18th century house.

A legal battle is looming over the rights of walkers to have 24-hour access to the state's grandest 18th century house.

Castletown House in Cellbridge, Co Kildare is built on an estate of 120 acres and is visited by 250,000 people a year.

But the Office of Public Works (OPW) has run into fierce opposition to its plans to restrict access to the estate after daylight hours.

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