The small room above the arch at Swords Castle, known as the Gatehouse, could be open to the public as part of a second phase of works on the Knights and Squires building.
Works to conserve the Knights and Squires building is currently underway and will continue to July.
The aim of this phase of the works is to protect the building as it is and, in particular, to make safe the large chimney, which is part of the area known as the bakery.
The second phase of the works will look at providing a staircase to give public access to the first floor of the Knights and Squires building. This area will give you views into the main castle courtyard as well as out onto Bridge Street.
It will also give access to one of two spiral staircases that are located within the building, one of which leads the Gatehouse. The small window to the front of the Gatehouse will give you views down Main St.
The second phase is expected to go to tender later this year.
In recent years, a roof was placed on the Gatehouse to protect it from the elements, but the building is not enclosed.
Cllr Ian Carey said:
“I think people will be interested to hear that the current works are aiming at opening up two new areas to the public.
“The Knights and Squires building is clearly a difficult space to protect and even to understand how it was used as it was built and rebuilt a number of times over hundreds of years.
“I think it will be a great addition to allow visitors go above the arch and see out onto Main Street. Opening up the first floor of Knights and Squires will hopefully make it possible to hold small events there. The more use we can make of the Castle, once it doesn’t compromise the conservation of the site, the better.”