This beautiful cut limestone building, built in circa I867 for Walter Lambert of Castle Lambert, has been neglected since the family moved away in the 1890s.
Beautifully crafted from blocks of cut limestone the roof was, over the years, damaged by the roots of saplings that grew in the crevices and dislodged the stones. Copingstones are lying in the undergrowth while the door was easily opened to the elements and vandals over the decades.
The Lambert Project Society has taken on the task of renovating this important monument. As a first step it has, through the Athenry Parish Graves Society, cleaned up the inside and has interred the remains in a stone vandal proof casket.
More recently it has been promised a grant from the Galway County Council towards an Archaeological /Architectural report on the Vault. Work on this has been done and the report from Ms. Gerry McManus the Architect has been received.
The next step is to seek funding for the implementation of the report.
Written by Finbarr O'Regan
Published here 28 Jul 2023 and originally published Winter 2002
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