NEW ROSS TOWN WALLS, CO. WEXFORD

Value: €45,000

Client: Wexford County Council

Alastair Coey Architects was commissioned in 2007 by Wexford County Council with support from The Heritage Council to prepare a Conservation and Management Plan for New Ross Town Walls. The area enclosed by the town walls of New Ross is one of the largest in Ireland, enclosing a well preserved medieval street layout. Much of the circuit had been removed and remaining walls are incorporated into property boundaries, so improving public awareness of the asset together with the implementation of a co-ordinated management strategy were particular issues, and policy focussed on providing improved access, improving context, and the provision of interpretation and signage. Means of identification of the below ground line of the walls was also important.

The first phase of repair work to Maiden Gate was completed in 2012. The works will involve removal of destructive vegetation, biocide treatment, building in loose masonry and temporary consolidation of exposed wall heads with lime mortar, taking down inappropriate building material, stabilise historic masonry from collapse, consolidation of historic stone carved features, raking-out cementacious pointing and repointing with lime mortars.