West Cavan Councillor, John Paul Feeley has welcomed confirmation that Cavan County Council will complete the purchase of the Market House in Blacklion and secure the building for public use.
The building will, in the future, be used with a particular emphasis as an interpretative centre for the Marble Arch Geopark, especially the Cavan Burren located just outside the village of Blacklion.
The Market House was built in the early 1800s and in conjunction with the Fairgreen was a major part of life in the area.
The property passed into private ownership in the early 1900s and was later taken over by the Gardaí and the Defence Forces.
The building then became almost inaccessible and fell into very dangerous disrepair.
Mr Feeley said: “I am delighted that the County Manager, Jack Keyes has agreed for Cavan County Council to purchase the freehold of this building which has, since its construction been a focal point for the village of Blacklion.”
Some years ago, with the co-operation of the then owner, Brian Dolan, the local community secured a lease of the property and with the co-operation of Cavan County Council and several funding agencies, the building was restored.
It is now intended that Killinagh Community Development Limited will undertake, subject to finance, a further redevelopment of the building to enhance it for future use.