The 98 Memorial Hall committee in Ballinamuck have taken an important step towards full conservation of the historic 98 Hall by appointing a contractor to replace the roof last week.
Peter Mulligan Contractors Ltd. have signed a contract to remove the existing roof and replace it with a natural slate roof, in replica of the original finish.
The work will also see lime plaster replace the existing plaster and the re-pointing of the visible stonework to bring the building closer to how it would have traditionally appeared.
The 98 Hall was originally a Royal Irish Constabulary barracks, built by King-Harmans in 1830 with two towers that were removed after an attack and burnt by the IRA in June 1920 during the War of Independence. In 1948, the barracks was restored (without the two towers) into a memorial hall which incorporates the Ballinamuck Visitor Centre which commemorates the Battle of Ballinamuck.
Work is expected to begin on the roof of the listed building before the end of the month with all works completed within an eight-week time frame. Funding has been secured through LCRL’s LEADER programme and fund-raising from the 1798 Hall Committee, with total cost expected to be just under €50,000.
Architect on the project Nick Sweeney of Sweeney Architects said it was a significant day in the history of the hall. “The work carried out will help restore this building to some of its finer glory while the materials chosen for the reinvention are very similar to those which would have been used when the building was originally constructed.”