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20 February 2012

1726 – Drumcondra House, Dublin

Architect: Edward Lovett Pearce Designed by Sir Edward Lovett Pearce and was built in 1726 for Sir Marmaduke Coghill who had lived in nearby Belvedere House. In 1842 Drumcondra House was rented by...

14 February 2012

1780s – Baronston House, Ballynacargy, Co. Westmeath

Baronston also known as Baronstown, was a three-storey centre block joined to two-storey wings by curved sweeps. In 1903, a large, gabled, Edwardian villa was constructed on the site of the central block,...

11 January 2012

1919 – Easton Lodge, Dunmow, Essex

Architect: Philip Tilden In 1847, almost the whole of the Elizabethan part of the mansion was destroyed by fire. Although uninsured, the property was rebuilt in Victorian Gothic style at a cost of...

29 November 2011

1818 – Kilcoleman Abbey, Milltown, Co. Kerry

Architect: William Vitruvius Morrison Also known as Milltown House. More or less abandoned from 1800 to 1818, the house was renovated under the second Baronet, Sir John Godfrey, according to ambitious plans drawn...

29 November 2011

1847 – Ardtully House, Kilgarvan, Co. Kerry

Architect: Ardtully House was constructed in 1847 by Sir Richard Orpen, a Dublin based solicitor whose family had connections to the area. Built on the site of the old Ardtully castle which was...

27 October 2011

1827 – Kenure House, Rush, Co. Dublin

Architect: George Papworth Rebuilt in 1827 on the site of an earlier house, destroyed by fire. In 1964 the contents of Kenure House were auctioned, and the estate, which was also known as...

23 March 2011

1820 – Castle Freke, Co. Cork

Architect: Richard Morrison Ruined for many years, currently undergoing reconstruction.

19 March 2011

1880 – St. Anne’s, Clontarf, Co. Dublin

Architect: J.F. Fuller Large Italianate mansion designed for the 1st Lord Ardilaun as his Dublin residence. Known for its rich interior, in particular a top-lit two-storey entrance hall. The house and grounds were...

14 March 2011

1722 – Castletown House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

Architects: Alessandro Galilei & Edward Lovett Pearce Castletown is the largest and grandest Palladian country house in Ireland. It was built for William Conolly (1662-1729), the Speaker of the Irish House of Commons....