St. Patrick’s Pipe Band have called on Wicklow County Council to allow them to use the former FCA barracks at the Murrough in Wicklow town which is now lying idle.
The band, who were founded in 1946, have no permanent premises to use as a headquarters.
The land the FCA barracks is located on is owned by the council, but the Department of Defence own the building and hold a 75-year lease on the site which runs for another 35 years.
“Currently the St Patrick’s Pipe Band have nowhere to call home – so it makes perfect logic for them to use the former FCA barracks,” local election candidate Paul O’Brien said.
“I am urging both parties to agree to stop this wastage and allow the St. Patrick’s Pipe Band put it to good use. The band has agreed to not just maintain the building but the memorial garden as well.
“Playing for nearly 70 years, the St Patrick’s Pipe Band can always be relied upon at every local event – at this critical juncture it’s time now that Wicklow County Council danced to their tune and grant their request for permanent lodgings.”`
The council are currently in the process of buying old military hall and are currently seeking an independent valuation of the building.
Council officials are sure they will get a fair purchase price for the building and the Department of Defence are said to be receptive to