The restoration of the landmark Market House in Stradbally is well-advanced but an improvement in weather is needed to complete the project.
The committee report that the stabilisation and most of the groundwork is complete and the refurbishment of the ornate ironwork underway.
As it is a Protected Structure and the original features, where possible have to be retained, including the roof. To retain the major part of the roof it is intended to sandblast the surface and immediately apply a primer coat of paint both inside and out.
The final and finished process will be by the application of Mathys Noxyde Rust-Oleum which will seal the damaged sheeting. The areas of the roof that cannot be repaired will have new sheeting fitted. To repair the roof dry weather with frost is needed.
With this in mind the conservation architect Mr Richard McLoughlin and the Contractors Meagher Construction Ltd will postpone the process until the weather improves.
When the roof is repaired, the floor and curtilage will be paved. The old hand pump will be restored and drinking trough with water harvesting facilities is included. The funding for the project is fully secured by way of grant from Laois Partnership Company.
The committee regrets any inconvenience during the restoration.