AN Irish couple are fundraising to restore a 16th century Tipperary castle so that it can be enjoyed by future generations.
Sonja Bergin and her husband Kevin have decided to restore Tullaun Castle.
In 2013, undertook the project to prevent the castle from suffering further damage.
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To date the pair has raised around £3,200 out of their targeted £6,200 fund – which they will use for one of the final stages of the project.
The money will go towards repairing the castle’s spiral stairs in order to provide safe access for visitors.
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Ms Bergin said: “Before we can safely afford visitors access to the upper floors, [our hurdle] is to repair the spiral staircase so that we can offer what we’re calling an Overknight Experience in a genuine medieval tower house, thereby allowing Tullaun Castle to become self-sustaining.”
After three years of hard work, the castle now boasts a refurbished second-story chamber with a stone-vaulted ceiling and a carved fireplace.
The exterior is also lined with lime mortar ensuring that it’s waterproof for the first time in three hundred years.