Castlewellan Castle, a beautiful 19th century castle within Castlewellan Forest Park, is installing a new heating system to be fuelled by locally grown wood chip. The castle is managed by Christian charity, Centre Ministries, and is used mainly as a residential conference centre.
Built in 1856, the castle has never had a true central heating system. Recently the castle has been heated using expensive, inefficient, electric storage heaters, before that it was open fires. The new 200kW boiler will heat the entire castle and provide hot water to over 25 bedrooms and the kitchen.
Centre Ministries is purchasing a state-of-the-art 200kW Austrian wood chip boiler, one of the first of its kind in Ireland. The installation and commissioning of the boiler will be carried out by the specialist firm, Green Energy Technology of Waringstown. The installation of the wood chip boiler is part of the charity’s drive to use sustainable and local sources of fuel.
Pictured (left to right): Andrew Forson, manager of Centre Ministries; and Patrick Flynn, director of Green Energy Technology.