€2m awarded to complete Boyle Abbey conservation

Minister of State Brian Hayes announced the completion of the €2million conservation project at Boyle Abbey this week.

Minister of State Brian Hayes announced the completion of the €2million conservation project at Boyle Abbey this week.

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) Hayes visited Boyle during his visit to the region on Monday, December 12.

Speaking Monday on afternoon at King House, Boyle, Minister Hayes said, “I am delighted to be here in Boyle today to announce the completion of the North Aisle Wall Structural Conservation Project, which required an investment of w2 million since the start of the project in 2007.”

The Minister continued, “The Cistercian Abbey at Boyle, Co. Roscommon was established in the middle of the 12th century and is one of the finest of the Cistercian churches to survive in Ireland. It was one of the daughter houses of Ireland’s powerful pioneering foundation at Mellifont in Co. Louth. The layout of the building complex follows the typical monastic plan with the enclosed contemplative cloister garden in the centre, surrounded by the Church to the south and the ancillary administrative, domestic and service quarters to the other sides.

“This project involved the dismantling and removal of the buttressing and also required the dismantling and reconstruction of the North Aisle Wall.”

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