Derelict county Kilkenny pub to be transformed into much-needed social housing
A local charity that helps families and people who have fallen on hard times has been granted permission to transform a derelict pub in into much-needed accommodation.
The Good Shepherd Centre in Kilkenny has been granted planning permission to build 12 new apartments for homeless families and individuals on the site of The Red Barn pub in the centre of Ballyragget.
The Kilkenny-based homeless charity, which lodged the plans with Kilkenny County Council last September, was given the go-ahead for the project just last week.
The Good Shepherd will now set about demolishing the derelict two-storey beside the Red Barn on Ballyragget’s Patrick Street, its adjoining out-buildings and existing barn to the rear of that site.
This will allow for the construction of a block of apartments at the front of the building where the pub is located. At the back of the old pub, a row of bungalows will also be built.
The Red Barn itself will be kept and redeveloped, with just some alterations to the facade allowing a more user-friendly entrance.