The Irish Times tells us that a proposed conversion of an early 19th-century Catholic church near the sea in Ballybunion, Co Kerry, to five town houses has been turned down by An Bord Pleanála after an appeal by An Taisce, the national trust.
Kerry County Council had given a conditional go- ahead for the conversion of the protected structure in a prime special amenity area.
An Taisce said Doon Church had for years been a focal point and although not in good repair, it was an impressive building. It found separating it into a number of units undesirable.
An Bord Pleanála ruled that the former church, although in disrepair, would be significantly altered.