Mayo County Council has been given the go-ahead to proceed with the purchase of Castlebar Military Barracks.
The Department of Finance has given consent for the purchase. The council is purchasing the barracks for €600,000 with a €60,000 deposition and immediate payment of €240,000. The balance due will be paid in two equal tranches of €150,000. The Castlebar Military Barracks development forms part of a master plan for the town.
“This is an exciting development for Castlebar and the public will be really pleased to see such an important historical location in the town being acquired for public use and being developed for future generations. It has been a long-standing conversation in Castlebar about the need to develop and use the fantastic space at the military barracks which is in the centre of the town,” said Fianna Fáil Senator Lisa Chambers.
“I spent many years as a member of the Reserve Defence Forces and the 5th Cavalry Squadron attending training nights at the barracks so it is great to see the place being taken over by the council and to know that future generations will get to use this wonderful public space that is packed full of history,” she added.