The lodgekeeper's house on the grounds of the old Mitchelstown Convent is to be restored to its former glory.

Local businessman John Walsh, who owns the building, told The Avondhu that the restoration will be sensitive to the style of the original cottage, re-establishing the building to its original condition.

Work has already begun on the house which was home to the Parker family for 41 years. Paddy Parker, who was caretaker at the convent, moved into the cottage in June 1950 with his wife Kitty and daughter Mary.

In September 1950 their daughter Nora was born and the family continued to live in the cottage until November 1991.

Bill Power from Mitchelstown Heritage Society, welcomed the development and said it’s great to see a well known local family involved in the restoration.

“It’s wonderful to see. This is the first positive development at the Convent for over a decade,” added Bill.

Mitchelstown Heritage Society chairman Andrew Dineen, said he hopes the development might be the impetus for the rest of the site to be restored in a similar sensitive and appropriate way.