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1869 – Brittas Castle, Clonaslee, Co. Laois

Architect: John McCurdy / Millar & Symes


Built for Major-General Francis Plunkett Dunne in 1869, to a design by John McCurdy. It was extended ten years later by Millar & Symes. Constructed of sandstone with limestone dressings. It is believed that General Dunne obtained loans from Germany to build the castle, and rental income from his tenants was used to repay the lenders. Brittas Castle went on fire on Thursday, June 25 1942 and, despite the best efforts of the Tullamore Fire Brigade, it was destroyed. Little remains today but the ruined tower.