Ó Laoghaire expresses sadness and dismay at Vernon Mount Fire
Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has expressed his sadness at the fire at Vernon Mount House, at Grange Douglas last night.
Speaking last night, the Cork South Central TD said:
“I am deeply saddened and dismayed at the news of the fire at Vernon Mount. It is a terrible loss to our history and heritage in Cork, an incalculable loss given the value and history of the architecture and artistry inside. It was one of the last remaining Houses from that period in this part of the Country, and contained original work by the famed artist, Nathaniel Grogan.
“I have spoken to local Cllr Eoghan Jeffers, and we have been speaking to many local residents, and there is a feeling of devastation and disbelief in the Community, who treasured this local asset.
“The House and its lands have been a central part to the childhood of many children growing up in this part of the Cork for generations. It is desperate that it was allowed to fall in to such disrepair in recent years. However, it is much worse still that this catastrophic fire may have effectively destroyed this history.
“As a Cllr, and in cooperation with then Sandra McLellan TD, I had previously raised the need for the state and Council to step in to halt the decline, and restore this House, as a centre piece of the excellent plans developed by Grange Frankfield Partnership, along with the Councils, for Tramore Valley Park. Sadly, it appears that may no longer be possible, and that this remarkable House and its history may be lost to us for good.
“It is a terrible blow to Cork’s heritage and a very sad day for the Grange Frankfield Community.”