A great house built in the 18th century by a wealthy Anglo-Irish aristocrat and which featured in a dramatic IRA kidnap plot is now in danger of future collapse because of the actions of thieves and vandals .
Politicians and heritage campaigners have appealed for the Government and Tipperary County Council to take action to save Knocklofty House outside Clonmel.
Once the home of the Earl of Donoughmore, Knocklofty was converted 40 years ago into a luxury hotel.
However, it has been vacant in recent years since the hotel closed – and has recently been targeted by vandals and thieves.
The latest theft involved the lead flashing from the roof, leaving the interior entirely exposed to wind and rain.
Heritage campaigners warned that if urgent action is not taken, Knocklofty could follow the example of a similar great house – Kilmurr y in Cork – which was virtually rendered a ruin by the actions of thieves and vandals over the past 20 years.
An Taisce warned that people were horrified at what had been done to Knocklofty – and its likely imminent fate unless something is done.
A special campaign group, Save Knocklofty House, has been established to call for the historic structure to be saved. (Independent)