Lea Castle Conservation Project
This sprawling medieval castle sits on the banks of the River Barrow in County Laois near Portarlington and has been of immense historical and architectural importance for nearly 800 years.
However, history and time has taken its toll on this structure and the castle is only a shadow of what it once was. Slowly disappearing into the landscape, action had to be taken. In 2014 the Portarlington Arts and Heritage committee successfully applied for funding from the Heritage Council and €8000 was granted for the creation of a conservation report with a view to saving this castle from further destruction. A further €6000 was granted in 2015 and the development of a conservation report continues.
On this website you will find information on the castle’s history and architecture along with aerial videos of the site and photos from our photographic survey of the castle. Also you will be able to keep up to date with all the developments of the conservation project. Use the tabs above the navigate the site and please get in touch if you have any questions. Most importantly please donate to the project as, although we have received funding, it barely scratches the surface of the enormous costs involved in protecting such a valuable structure.