Armagh House to be ready for use next year

The former Armagh House before it was knocked

WORK is to commence in the coming weeks on the building of six new one-bedroom apartments for people in urgent housing need in Killarney.

The development will be on the site of the former Armagh House on Park Road and it is being undertaken by Clúid –  a not-for-profit organisation delivering affordable accommodation to people in need – in association with Kerry County Council and the Department of the Environment.

Cllr Donal Grady

The six units are scheduled to be ready for occupation by August 2020.

The roadside building, a former guesthouse, has been vacant for over a decade and it was boarded up for a number of years before the bungalow was demolished last year.

It is located on the immediate outskirts of the town centre, adjacent to McDonald’s Restaurant and the Friary Downs estate and close to the familiar railway bridge.

In December 2016, Cllr Donal Grady, a long-time champion of the homeless, called for the house to be developed and opened up for those without accommodation of their own.

He had called on the council to examine every available option to deal with the homeless situation in the town instead of transferring those in need of emergency shelter to facilities in Tralee.

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