Cllr wants pet farm in Emo Court

Emo Councillor, Tom Mulhall wants a small pet farm at Emo Court, to attract more visitors to the national heritage site.

Emo Councillor, Tom Mulhall wants a small pet farm at Emo Court, to attract more visitors to the national heritage site.

At last week’s meeting of Laois County Council, he called on the council to work with the OPW to raise awareness of Heritage Sites and generate more visitors to the County.

Cathaoirleach, John Bonham told the meeting that along with the County Manager, he had met Minister for State, Brian Hayes, who has special responsibility for the OPW.

The Cathaoirleach said they had talked about sites in Laois such as Emo Court, the Rock of Dunamaise and Donaghmore Workhouse.

He said a further meeting with the Minister was due to take place shortly.

But Cllr Tom Mulhall said he would like to see other attractions at Emo Court to draw more visitors.

“The OPW own 800 sites in Ireland, but only a handful of these are in Laois. There has been a good bit of work done with the Rock of Dunamaise and Emo Court.

“There was a plan to upgrade the avenue, but this has been put on hold. I’d like to see that happen. Laois Partnership and FAS are doing great work in the walled gardens. I’d like to see more animals, pet animals in the grounds. A small pet farm would be a boost to the grounds.”