News and Events Latest News and Press Releases An Taisce Commends Mayo County Council for Heritage Building Initiative Mayo Council Council is commended for taking on the Moore Hall Estate near Ballinrobe as a heritage attraction and public and tourist amenity following decades of neglect by Coillte. Moore Hall was the family home of the Catholic Moore family including republican and writer John Moore, born 1852, who was nominated as President of the Province of Connaught during the General Humbert French army landing in 1798. In the mid-19th century the head of the family of George Henry Moore was a founder of the Catholic Defense Association and recognised as a fair landlord. His son, writer George Moore, was born in the house in 1852. Following the burning of the house during the Civil War the inner part of the estate, including ruined house and outbuildings, was taken over for State forestry plantation. Following an agreement with Coillte, Mayo County Council have now initiated the first stage of the revival of the estate with the restoration of the walled garden and an interesting circular building in one of its corners. Mayo County Council has also completed the first stage of restoration of the early-19th. C former Rectory at Mulranny. Roofing of the house and associated outbuilding has been completed to a high conservation standard.