The first time we visited the castle was October of 2015 after we saw it listed again for sale. We had seen it listed in earlier years but were not permitted to come see it as it was under offer by an English couple (we got to meet Ian, the previous buyer in 2019!). We started the purchase process after a very cold January trip in 2016 to see and enter the tower. The purchase was completed in late May 2016 and went fairly smoothly. If you are interested in learning how to purchase a historic property in Ireland, read more here.
From May 2016 to October 2018 we were in Phase II - seeking Planning permissions from Wexford County Council and the Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht. This involved multiple iterations of drawings of the proposed renovations, method statements, and additional professionals. This required quite a bit of time, archaeology, conservation advice and a lot of patience. The local Wexford Planning office has been very supportive and is interested in seeing the project succeed, as the castle is on part of the Ancient East tourist route The Norman Way. You can see more here on Planning permissions and people and some of the plethora of documents that were submitted.
Once we got Planning permission in October 2018 we started the construction phase - this is planned to take five years, which coincides with the duration of our permission. It will be constrained by weather & seasons, our ability to live in Ireland for < 6 months of the year for tax reasons, and cash flow. The plan is for Gordon to go over there for the spring through fall seasons and be onsite for construction. He looks forward to passionate conversations with contractors and municipal officials, and playing music in pubs. Liz gets to stay in the States and bring home a paycheck, plus provide remote project management. That's our plan right now. After the first year of construction (2019) we have accomplished a lot and contemplating works for 202 which will focus on the big House. See more on the Tower and New Build.