Minister Hayes to Accept Keys to Altamont.

15th January, 2014

 

Minister of State, with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW), Brian Hayes TD, will travel to Altamont House on Friday (17th) to accept the Keys of the 18th Century house on behalf of the state.

Altamont House built around 1730 by the St. George family is a wonderful old house, it is a Protected Structure and is surrounded by the beautiful Altamont Gardens. When it’s last owner Corona North died in 1999 she bequeathed the house and gardens to the state. The OPW have done tremendous work in the gardens which are now a major tourist attraction with over 80,000 visitors per year.

Local Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering, in welcoming the news was anxious to pay tribute to all those who played any part in this hand over which has taken 15 years to conclude, “I want to pay special tribute to Robin Harvey executor of the will who at all times performed his duty with dignity and purpose. Also I would like to thank Carlow County Council, especially County Manager, Tom Barry and Seamus O’Connor, Director of Services. Also the legal people who have had to work so hard to make this happen and I’m sure that wasn’t always easy.

” Altamont is a wonderful place, one described as the ‘Jewel in the crown of the Carlow Garden Trail’. I think this is great day not only for the people of Carlow but for the whole country, the day when we can ensure that this Gem is taken in to state care which means it will never be lost to the community.