Part of a series of photos from Ireland

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Castledermot's derelict Main Street

As regular visitor to Castledermot in the past year, I can't help but notice the boarded up derelict buildings which 'adorn' both sides of the street as you enter the town from Dublin.
This state of affairs is not specific to Castledermot as you will see the same scenario in many Irish towns where there are people who own properties and who don't use them themselves and who won't make the properties available to anyone else at reasonable rent.
Of course, there are other factors to be considered but, in certain cases, county and Town Councils could play a roll if they had the will to do so.
There was a piece in the Kildare Nationalist in May highlighting this issue.
At the end of the article they have printed the reply from the mouthpiece of Kildare County Council, Charlie Talbot who said: “Kildare County Council is working on dealing with derelict sites in the county and all will be captured in due course”.
In my experience, by the time Mr Talbot and his cohorts in 'The Council' get around to doing anything positive, the buildings will have fallen.

Below are some photos taken around Castledermot in late Aug 2008