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06 January 2016

1820s – Cornacassa House, Monaghan, Co. Monaghan

A dignified smaller classical house with a lower service wing. Described in Lewis as “Cornacassa, of Dacre Hamilton, Esq., pleasantly situated in a highly cultivated and well-planted demesne”. In the 1870s, the Hamiltons...

31 December 2015

1825 – Favour Royal, Co. Tyrone

Architect: John Hargrave The original house of the demense was destroyed in 1823 by an accidental fire, and replaced with a larger structure by Captain John Corry Moutray of Castle Coole. Captain Moutray...

04 November 2015

1872 – Caherconlish House, Co. Limerick

Architect: William Fogerty Lewis describes this house in the following terms “Near the town stands Cahirconlish House, a handsome modern residence, erected near the site of the old family mansion, by the proprietor,...

23 October 2015

1871 – Glenbeigh Towers, Co. Kerry

Architect: Godwin & Crisp Work began in 1867 on what was known as Headley Towers and also, Wynnes Folly. Constructed by Lord Headley – a very unpopular landlord who charged high rents to...

01 October 2015

1875 – Classiebawn, Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo

Architect: J. Rawson Carroll Designed in the Baronial style by J. Rawson Carroll, a Dublin-based, but Scottish, architect, and is constructed of local stone with Mountcharles stone dressings brought by sea from County...

30 September 2015

1754 – Bellevue House, Delgany, Co. Wicklow

The Ballydonagh demesne was bought in 1753 by David La Touche, a rich banker from Dublin of Huguenot extraction. He built a house between 1754 and 1756 at a cost of £30,000 and...

25 August 2015

1872 – Ardara House, Comber, Co. Down

A large two-storey house built in 1872 for Thomas Andrews (father of the other Thomas Andrews, designer of the Titanic) in a Italianate style with a projecting eaves cornice and a hipped slate...

20 August 2015

1830 – Gortnamona House, Clontuskert, Co. Galway

A three-bay three-storey house, perhaps first built about 1720 but probably refronted with tripartite windows, and an extra storey added about 1830. This house has an interesting contrast between the clarity and simplicity...

17 August 2015

1840 – Ravensdale Park, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Architect: Thomas Duff Constructed in an austere Italianate style, by Thomas Duff of Nerwy, For 1st Baron Clermont. Later changes by Lanyon & Lynn in 1859 with further additions. It was partly two...

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