Hopes of major announcement on Ballymahon’s Newcastle House

Reports in south Longford suggest that a major announcement about the future of Newcastle House in Ballymahon could be made later this week.

Recent activity at the site has led to locals speculating that the house could be set to re-open in the coming months with a number of roles likely to be required for the 300-year-old listed Manor House.

An Bord Pleanala previously rejected plans for a second residence on the site in 2015, while some construction work, on what is believed to be a series of holiday apartments, is understood to have been ongoing over the last number of months and is nearing completion.

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Representatives for Newcastle House were unavailable for comment this afternoon.