The newly restored medieval Drimnagh Castle in Dublin is opened to the public by President Mary Robinson. The castle is to be used as a community centre and training unit for craftworkers.
This report shows the building and grounds before and after the restoration. Architectural Historian Peter Pearson describes Drimnagh Castle as the only authentic medieval castle in the Dublin area with its moat and formal garden. Reporter Tom Kelly also meets Nelleke Borghouts who managed the restoration of the formal gardens surrounding the castle.
By the mid 1980s Drimnagh Castle which dates from Norman times had fallen into a state of disrepair. An Taisce along with other groups began a project to restore the castle. FÁS trainees and volunteers joined forces to bring the castle back to its former glory. The project was funded by the EC along with private business donations.
An RTÉ News report by Tom Kelly broadcast on 26 May 1991.