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Carrickmacross Courthouse

The original courthouse was constructed circa 1884. It is sited so as to terminate the vision of the broad main street of the town. It comprises of five bays and two storeys; there is an extension at each end comprising entrances and stairways.

The main wall construction is solid and consists of finely dressed limestone on front and side elevations.

The works carried out

Following a comprehensive inspection and survey in February 1998, it became clear that the building required total refurbishment as it was completely infected with dry rot, wet rot and beetle attack. In order to rectify the situation and preserve the basic structure and fabric, it was necessary to strip the entire building down to the basic wall structure and roof trusses. Internally, basic details such as cornices, judge's canopy and rear balcony surround have been preserved and restored. Given the condition of the existing furnishings and fittings -and the need to meet with safety, health and welfare at work legislation- it was necessary to replace them with fittings which harmonise with the existing building. As many of the windows and internal doors as possible were retained and where it was not possible to retain them (50% of the windows) they were replaced to match the original. It was also necessary to replace the roof.

The refurbished building now has the necessary facilities to meet the demand on a modern courthouse. All mechanical and electrical services have been replaced and a microphone system has been installed in the courtroom with an induction loop for those with hearing difficulties. A large accessible courtroom has been provided with judge's chamber to the rear. A legal practitioners' room, consultation rooms, toilet facilities and disabled access have also been provided.

The building has been totally redecorated and fitted out to a very high standard at a cost of €950,000 and will meet the needs of the Courts Service in Carrickmacross and surrounding areas for the foreseeable future. Court sittings resumed at the courthouse in May 2001.

Building Team:

Architects: Hamilton, Young Lawlor Ellison.
Quantity Surveyors: Duffy Gaffney Partnership.
Mechanical and Electrical Consultants: Delap and Waller.
Structural Engineers: Fahy, Fitzpatrick.
Contractors: Francis Haughey
Stonework consultants: David Slattery Architects

The refurbished courthouse was officially re-opening by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr. John O'Donoghue, T.D. on Thursday 7th March, 2002.