frontFrom The Sligo Champion, Wednesday January 13 2010

Work is to start in Ballymote within the coming months on what may eventually become one of the country’s major national and international flagship tourism attractions.

The €4m project will see the restoration of the old corn mill, built at Keenaghan in 1795 by Sir Jocelyn Gore-Booth.

When completed, possibly by 2012, it’s planned that the project will include a Transport Museum where a set of 10 original Bianconi coaches will be publicly displayed for the first time ever, as well as a Paddy Killoran Room, a memorial and tribute the great Ballymote traditional musician.

Deputy Perry said the Corn Mill restoration would bring the mill back into use as a tourist attraction that would respect the history of the building and its importance to the Town of Ballymote. It would also would preserve for future generations an image of the past in a contemporary context, where old functions were recognised but also allow new functions within a suitable environment.

In addition, the project would also provide a much needed employment boost in the current difficult economic conditions, Deputy Perry said.

He complimented the project design and management architect, James Drew, and his company for his work in designing and planning this restoration project.