Newly restored Linenhall Arch officially opened

June 17, 2013

Armagh Road Sinn Féin Councillor Charlie Casey has commended all those involved with the redevelopment of the Linenhall Arch which was officially opened last Friday.

The restoration project was two years in the making after it benefited from a £51,000 funding boost from Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland, back in 2011.

The funding, which was provided from the Neighbourhood Renewal Investment Fund, helped to restore the historical Linenhall Arch and refurbish the surrounding area to enhance its prominence. The work also included the replacement of broken stones, cleaning and re-pointing the Arch, the installation of a new name plaque along with associated granite paving and entrance steps and disabled access.

The Linenhall Arch was built in the 1700s as the main entrance to the Linenhall which served the merchants of Newry.  The Linenhall was subsequently replaced by an army barracks which was eventually demolished to make way for the Mourneview Park housing estate. However, throughout all these changes the Arch was retained.

As one of the oldest architectural features in Newry it had fallen into disrepair and the area had become a focal point for anti-social behaviour.

The project was developed by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive after it was approached by the Greater Linenhall Community Association, spearheaded by Councillor Casey’s late brother, Oliver Casey, who had lobbied extensively for the restoration.  The scheme was subsequently endorsed by the Newry Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership Board.

Speaking at the official unveiling of the newly restored Arch on Friday, Councillor Charlie Casey said,

“The Linenhall Arch has long been a feature of this area and is a reflection of the beauty of Newry’s built heritage.  I am delighted that the Department of Social Development and the Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership came together to complete this work which will be a showpiece of this community.

“I know the Greater Linenhall Community Association was heavily involved in this and I am remembering in particular my brother Oliver today, who would have been delighted that his vision has come to fruition.”