September 28, 2020

Young people ‘putting themselves in danger’ climbing into Bray castle

A local councillor in Bray has expressed his concern over the safety of teenagers who are climbing into Oldcourt Castle in the town.

“I have been notified that many young people have been putting themselves in great danger by entering the grounds of Oldcourt Castle in Bray and climbing to the top of the castle,” Wicklow Councty Councillor Joe Behan said.

“This is highly dangerous and many parents may not realise that their sons/ daughters are involved.

“I have asked the Bray Municipal District Council to issue a warning to the landowners about the situation but it is vital that a message goes out to all young people to stay away from this building for the sake of their own safety.

“I am also concerned about the potential damage to this protected structure which is part of the history of the area and I will be asking Wicklow County Council  to ensure the structure is protected from any further damage in the future.”

A large hole was made in one of the external walls of the castle recently which dates from the 1430’s.

An investigation has been launched by the National Monuments Service of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

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