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26 February 2015

1790s – Curraghmore, Portlaw, Co. Waterford

Architect: James Wyatt / John Roberts / Samuel Ussher Roberts In the late eighteenth century, the 2nd Earl, afterwards 1st Marquis of Waterford, secured the famous architect James Wyatt to design interiors of...

23 February 2015

1729 – Archiepiscopal Palace, Tallaght, Co. Dublin

A castle was built on the site by the Anglo-Normans in 1324 to defend their town from the Irish tribes in the adjacent mountain territory. The castle gradually became run-down and was mostly...

21 February 2015

1819 – Garbally Court, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway

Architect: Thomas Cundy Designed by English architect Thomas Cundy for the Earl of Clancarty.The Diocese purchased the house and estate from the trustees of the Earls of Clancarty for £6,750 in 1922,and it...

20 February 2015

1790s – Coole Park, Gort, Co. Galway

The Coole estate was purchased in 1768 by Robert Gregory on his return to Ireland following service with the East India Company.The family house was a large Georgian block with a central Venetian...

19 February 2015

1838 – Wilton Castle, Co. Wexford

Architect: Daniel Robertson A late 17th century house was subsumed into a much larger and ornate building designed by Daniel Robertson of Kilkenny in 1836-38 as a spectacular castle. The Alcock family had...

13 February 2015

1882 – Tulira Castle, Co, Galway

Architect: G.C. Ashlin The Castle comprises three main buildings, a medieval tower, courtyard buildings and the Victorian Castle. The original structure, a medieval tower house, rests on 12th century foundations. A castellated house...

12 February 2015

1785 – Castleton House, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Also known as Jennymount, the residence of the Thomson family, prominent local merchants and bankers. Demolished to make way for the Mountcollyer and Crosscollyer streets in the 1890s.

09 February 2015

1926 – Durrow Abbey, Durrow, Co. Offaly

Architect: Ralph H. Byrne After the second Durrow Abbey House was gutted by fire during the Civil War in 1923. Ralph H. Byrne was commissioned to oversee reconstruction of Durrow Abbey House for...

09 February 2015

1860 – Durrow Abbey, Durrow, Co. Offaly

The story of Durrow Abbey House is framed by two fires. One in 1843 when the house was under construction destroyed the adjacent Georgian mansion and all the furnishings stored there, the other...

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