It has been another productive year so we thought we’d share some of our key achievements. We completed several refurbishment projects on existing properties. In order to conserve the properties that we have already restored, while keeping them at the standard we want for our guests, the following work was undertaken:
Work was completed on the windows of Wicklow Head Lighthouse and it was repainted entirely. The exterior of Termon House was repainted and the storm damage was repaired. The gable of the Schoolhouse in Annaghmore was stripped and repainted. We had to deal with some unexpected visitors in Ballealy Cottage: bats!
We re-leaded the roof of Drum Gate Lodge, painted the interior of Magherintemple Lodge, repainted the entire downstairs of Clomantagh Castle and redecorated the interior of Batty Langley Lodge. New furniture was installed at Blackhead Lightkeepers’ Houses, Clomantagh Castle and Loop Head Lightkeeper’s House.
We are fortunate to have a network of skilled workers to ensure this work is done properly. We also have generous volunteers who give us their time for free. None of this would have been possible without the crucial funds we receive through the guests who stay with us and from our Irish Landmarkers.
While partaking in the Dublin Horse Show 2015, we met lots of lovely people who were very enthusiastic about our Trust. In fact several people who came by our stand to meet us and hear about our work signed up to become Irish Landmarkers.
We also helped support fundraising activities for 10 Irish charities by donating gift vouchers for raffles. Here’s a list of the charities that we helped in 2015:
1. Blue Cross
2. Debra Ireland
3. Dogs Trust
4. Focus Ireland
5. Rosemount Centre
6. Special Olympics
7. St James’s Under Age GAA Club Clonakilty Cork
8. St Michael’s Scouts Enniskillen
9. The Nepal Earthquake Appeal
10. Wicklow Cancer Support Group