A master plan for the development of Moore Hall and its environs is expected to be put before members of Mayo county council by this Autumn.

That was confirmed by Director of Services  for the local authority, Catherine McConnell at a meeting of the Special Policy Committee on Tourism this week.

The historical and ecological significance of the house and the 80 acre site, located at Lough Carra, about 12 km from Castlebar, was outlined to the committee by Senior Council Engineer Padraig Philbin.

The house and lands were bought by Mayo County Council from Coillte some months ago and the authority is now working with the National Parks and Wildlife Dept to develop the location as a conservation for birds and bats, and as a recreational facility for the people of the region.

The master plan will set out how, and in what stages, the development will advance.

Padraig Philbin told the meeting that the reaction to the local authority purchasing the site has been tremendous.


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