The Dalkey (Goat) Castle Restoration Project won the overall National Heritage Award 2016, part of the National Tidy Towns competition at the Helix last week.

The Heritage Award, sponsored by the Heritage Council, seeks to promote a greater awareness of the value of heritage to our quality of life and to sustainable economic development. In order to be considered, Dalkey Castle had to demonstrate long-term sustainability and appreciation of heritage. The Manager, Margaret Dunne prepared Dalkey’s application for the Heritage Award this year.

The restoration work was designed and overseen by DLR Co.Co. Architects, Bob Hannan and Noelle Sweeney. The foyer of Dalkey Castle (formerly called Goat Castle), was stripped back to reveal all the layers of former interventions since the 1390s. A philosophy of exposing the original structure guided interventions. The walls and window architraves in the Castle entrance were hidden under a layer of plasterboard and render which was removed. This revealed the original stonework and later Victorian interventions.

The restoration was carried out in tandem with the development of modern interpretation systems to communicate the story of the site to visitors and locals alike. Martello Media designed and carried out the interpretation works which were jointly funded by the DLR and Failte Ireland.