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Historic doors stolen from 16th Century Laois castle

The doors are very distinctive as they are painted red and are 8cm thick and studded with nails.

HISTORIC DOORS FROM Ballyadams Castle in County Laois have been stolen.

Archaeologist Neil Jackman said that while Ballyadams Castle dates back to the 16th century, the doors may be from the 17th or 18th century.

watiPjxq Source: Catherine Casey via Laois County Council

The doors are very distinctive as they are painted red and are 8cm thick and studded with nails.

The owner of the castle David Butler told TheJournal.ie that he noticed the doors were missing on the afternoon of Saturday 26 May.

“It was a total shock, I was just gobsmacked. I couldn’t believe it.

He said he reckoned the doors were probably “down to order for somewhere in France or Spain or England”.

Butler added that it’s likely the doors may have been sold to somebody who has no idea they have been stolen.

“There are three castles being done up in Ireland at the moment so that’s also something we should check.”

Anybody with information is being asked to contact at Abbeyleix Garda Station.

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