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Government purchase eight acre site at Emo Court

Emo Court

The government has announced that it has purchased an eight acre site within the grounds of Emo Court.

Laois/Offaly TD and Minister for Justice & Equality, Charlie Flanagan has welcomed the announcement by his colleague Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran Minister of State, that the Office of Public Works has completed the purchase of a plot of land situated within the historic demesne of Emo Court.

The lands are around 8 acres in size and are located to the side of the main Wellingtonia Avenue, near the original main entrance to the Estate.

Minister Flanagan stated: “I welcome the announcement by colleague Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran that the OPW has acquired lands close to Wellingtonia Avenue in Emo Court.

“Emo Court rightfully deserves to be recognised as one of Ireland’s finest historic houses and estates and is a ‘must-see’ heritage site for Irish and International visitors alike.

“This purchase will allow the OPW to reunite elements of the original demesne with the house and lands currently in OPW care and protect the Wellingtonia Avenue.

“The avenue’s famous “Wellingtonia” giant redwood trees are possibly the earliest of their kind planted in Ireland, in 1853, and their mile-long course would have heralded the importance of the house to all those who approached it.”

It is estimated that approximately 300,000 people visit the estate each year.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.