Above: Mayor lames Tinsley and Angela Beggs from
The Irish Linen Centre, Lisburn at the opening of Castle Gardens
with Brownlee and Fort Hill Primary pupils. US2508-531C0
Insert: At the official opening are (back:
1-r) Mr Colin McClintock, Director of Environmental Services;
CIIr Allan Ewart, Chairman of Economic Development Committee,
Lisburn City Council; Mr Norman Davidson, Chief Executive
and (front) two Cavaliers from the Traditional Archery Society
who took part in the Duel re-enactment of 1677.
THE newly restored and refurbished Castle
Gardens were officially opened this week, and it was a case of
'swords at dawn' for the grand opening.
Briggs, in a traditional form of
transport for ladies, the Sedan Chair.
In what was one of his last duties as Mayor,
Councillor James Tinlsey officially opened the restored gardens
on Wednesday, which, he said, was 'an honour and a privilege'.
The project, which began in 2000, cost
£4.3million with funding provided by key hinders Lisburn City
Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Environment and
The gardens are considered to be the best,
perhaps only, example of 17th century walled gardens and
terraces in all of Ireland. During the restoration the extensive
archaeological digs, which saw many local children and groups
contribute, uncovered many historical artefacts, including 17th
century Dutch tiles and roof tiles.
Guests, who included members of the City
Council, representatives from the Heritage Lottery Fund and
members of Castle Garden's design team, were treated to an
authentic re-enactment of the famous 1677 duel held in the
grounds of Lisburn Castle, a former manor house which was
destroyed during the great fire of Lisburn in 1707.
The Mayor told those present: "It is truly an
honour to be here to officially reopen the restored gardens
-this is truly one of the city's greatest assets.
"There is the opportunity for these
magnificent gardens to become a top tourist attractions."
Mr Tinsley explained that as well as viewing
the remarkable gardens, visitors to the site would be able to
visit the air raid shelter and make use of the comprehensive
education programme, within a 'safe and accessible' site, which
has full CCTV coverage.
He continued: "It is lovely to see the
gardens a hive of activity with people taking advantage of them
-that's what they're here for. It is a privilege and an honour
to be here today to officially open Castle Gardens in what is
one of my final acts as Mayor. I have had a fantastic year and
it is an honour to have the opportunity to reopen the gardens
before I finish my term.
"Castle Gardens are to be enjoyed by the
general public and visitors to Lisburn for recreation, leisure
and heritage purposes."
Councillor Allan Ewart, Chairman of the
Council's Economic Development Committee added: "The council is
delighted with the completed gardens. They are a magnificent
tribute to the history and heritage of the City of Lisburn."
official opening of the Historic
Castle Gardens, is the Deputy
Mayor, Or Ronnie Crawford with
Dr Samuel Semple, Freeman of the
City of Lisburn and guest at the
company helps to restore Castle Gardens
LOCAL company Tarways were delighted to be
involved in the restoration of Castle Gardens, providing the
paving stones around the new walkways.
Tarways was set up as a bitmac and asphalt
company in 1989 by brothers David and Walter McAllister, who had
been involved with sub contract public work and private drives.
In December 2003, the company, whose office
is based in Maghaberry, were awarded the Sureset Resin Bound
Agency for the whole of Ireland and were the first resin bound
paving company in Ireland.
They have carried out jobs from small front
paths to public parks and sea front promenades, working on
places such as Avre square in Galway, Howth Harbour North
Dublin, Carton House Hotel Kildare, Dundrum Town Centre Dublin
and Belfast City hospital. .
Tarways have been building up on their client list year on
year and hope to expand as they go on. They were first
approached by the architects about the Castle Gardens scheme
shortly after they were awarded the Sureset Agency and were
awarded the contract by JPM Contracts in January 2007. Work
commenced on the project on June 26 2007, completing the work on
July 5 2007 using 80 tonnes of stone and resin supplied to them
from England by Sureset UK, covering over 2600 square metres of