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Irish country houses

06 December 2013

1825 – Purdysburn House, Newtownbreda, Co. Down

Architect: Thomas Hopper Described simple as “Purdysburn, the splendid mansion of Narcissus Batt, Esq., built after a design by Hopper” in Samuel Lewis, A Topographical dictionary of Ireland (1837). When two of the...

02 December 2013

1766 – Lucan House, Lucan, Co. Dublin

Architect: William Chambers, Michael Stapleton Apparently designed by Sir William Chambers with adaptations by Agmondisham Vesey during the construction of the house. Michael Stapleton designed plasterwork for the interior. However this image by...

01 December 2013

1838 – Ballydrain, Dunmurray, Co. Antrim

Architect: Edward Blore / W.H. Lynn The original house was designed by Blore in a Tudor Revival style. In October 1836 he visited the estate “to examine the House and advise with Mr....

27 November 2013

1802 – Farnham House, Co. Cavan

Architect: Francis Johnston A large addition around 1802 by Francis Johnston gave the house its current form today. This is the latter day surviving Farnham House, which is now incorporated as the centrepiece...

26 November 2013

1764 – Marlay House, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin

Marlay House was built by Thomas Taylor and was originally known as ‘The Grange’. David La Touche, first governor of the newly established Bank of Ireland acquired and extended the house in 1764...

18 November 2013

1840 – Magheramena Castle, Belleek, Co. Fermanagh

Architect: John B. Keane Constructed between 1835 and 1840, with the design exhibited at the RHA in 1840. In the Tudor-Gothic style, it was of two storeys, with irregular facades, polygonal turrets and...

15 November 2013

1812 – Knockdrin Castle, Co. Westmeath

Architect: James Shiel Originally Sir Richard Morrison was requested to design the castle, but neither of his two designs were accepted. The client then contacted the Dublin architect and builder James Shiel probably...

02 October 2013

1820s – Shankill Castle, Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny

Shankill Castle started as a Butler tower-house near the ruins of an old church. Rebuilt in the early 18th century, it received its current character in the 19th century when it was enlarged...

02 October 2013

1744 – Bessborough House, Fiddown, Co. Kilkenny

Architect: Francis Bindon Large Palladian house with wings, designed by Francis Bindon around 1744 on the site of an earlier house. Later addition of a porch by Sir Thomas Manly Deane, who also...