We represent Ireland's privately owned historic houses and castles, irrespective of their size or how well they are known. We assist, represent and inform our membership whilst informing the general public about this wonderfully rich and diverse Irish cultural resource.
138. Strokestown Park House, Strokestown Park House, Strokestown, Co. Roscommoncontact: CiaránTel: 01-8748030www.strokestownpark.ie www.irishheritagetrust.ieOpen: Mar 17-Dec 20, Mar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct, 10am-5pm, June, July, Aug, 10am- 6pm, Nov, Dec 10.30am-4pm
The Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates (CSHIHE) sits within the Department of History at Maynooth Universtiy. It is a unique public-private venture, supported by the Office of Public Works as well as a number of private benefactors. It aims to secure and enhance public appreciation of historic properties by supporting education, research and scholarly publication.
In addition to promoting research into historic houses, their estates and families, third-level educational initiatives have included the development of undergraduate modules on the social, political, economic and cultural history of Irish country houses, their architectural evolution, their material culture and the creation (and destruction) of their surrounding landscapes. Teaching modules have also included visits to the UK which have enabled a comparative study of country houses in Ireland and Yorkshire in collaboration with the Yorkshire Country House Partnership.
Many historic Irish houses are open to the public as attractions and welcome daily visitors. From ancient castles to grand mansions, we hope you will find something of interest. Clicking on each listing below will bring you directly to each website where you can find out about opening hours, admission prices, tours, events, etc.
Strokestown Park is a unique historic property in the west of Ireland and is the home of the first landlord to be assassinated during the height of the Great Famine of Ireland in the 1840s. Strokestown features a Georgian Palladian Mansion with its original furnishings and fabrics, the National Famine Museum & Archive and Historic Gardens & Woodlands. A range of cultural events for all ages and interests take place throughout the season including garden, craft, seasonal and family events, evening concerts and seminars.
When any of the following historic properties come up for sale, we'll write about them on Castleist.com; castles for sale in Munster (Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford), castles for sale in Leinster (Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow), Castles for sale in Connacht (Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo), or castles for sale in Ulster (Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry, Tyrone, Cavan, Donegal, Monaghan).
Irish Heritage Cards are provided by the Office of Public Works (OPW) for the Republic of Ireland. They are a government organization that takes care of historic houses, parks and gardens in the States care along with national monuments and historic sites. They are the perfect addition to your dream trip to Ireland.
The pyramidal cone of Croagh Patrick was one of the most emphasised views in the Westport House Demesne, and a number of the historic pathways were specifically designed to yield the most captivating vistas. The woodlands even had purposely made gaps to seduce the stroller with sudden framed glimpses of the famous Reek.
The area is located within a complex archaeological region with a history stretching back over 5000 years, with everything from burial monuments, pre-historic residential sites, royal places, temples and the entrance to the Otherworld (Oweynagat). Today the region is mostly agricultural land. All that remains of this once great royal landscape is a series of field monuments and mounds which mark the location of the ancient sites.
St. Patrick's Day: a day of celebration in many cities acrossCanada. Either you will be marching in a parade or you willbe leaving work early so you can have a drink of green beer at yourlocal Irish Pub. But have you ever wondered how the Irish gotto be so influential in Canada? Across the country, there are many houses, commercial buildings,churches, canals and bridges that were built by the Irish. Ifyou were to take a trip from east to west, you would find that thehistoric places associated with the Irish change in conjunctionwith their standing in society. In St. John's, Newfoundland, for example, many immigrants fromIreland arrived in this city in the early 19th century anddeveloped a thriving culture. As with many new immigrantcommunities, they kept up active ties with their homeland, in thiscase travelling by ship back and forth across the Atlantic. But the Irish also brought the problems of their homeland withthem, and so various religious sectarian factions routinely foughtagainst each other in the downtown streets of St. John's. Onesuch group were called the Yellow Bellies, because they wore yellowsashes. There is a heritage commercial building named afterthem called Yellow Belly Corner, which was built in 1846,and is the cornerstone of the Water Street National HistoricDistrict.
By the mid 19th century, large numbersof Irish had reached Montreal and Toronto. In Montreal, theysettled in a neighbourhood known as Griffintown near the dockyardson the St. Lawrence River, and their labour was greatly responsiblefor the construction of the Lachine Canal during the 1820s (now a nationalhistoric site) and the construction of Victoria Tubular Bridge duringthe 1850s. At the heart of Montreal's Irish cultural and religiouslife was the church St. Patrick's Basilica, and, among otherthings, it is where Thomas D'Arcy Mcgee's funeral was held.
Perhaps this is a good place to end our tour. Among otherthings, St. Patrick's Day is all about good cheer and optimism. Thehistoric places in this country associated with the Irish reflectthis feeling, showing the community's climb from immigrant hardshipand humble beginnings to successful business entrepreneurs andleaders.
Join your guide as they bring you on a journey through these hidden historic rooms, witness these architectural treasures up close, and learn about the many fascinating characters that have passed through over the centuries.
What this resource page aims to do is provide helpful information on how historic buildings (i.e. constructed before World War 2) can be repaired and maintained. This page has been designed to be of assistance to professionals, tradespeople and homeowners. Below are a set of helpful publications and presentations we think will make the conservation process easier. Almost all of them are free to download.
Perhaps one of the first things you could do is to read Irish period houses: a conservation guidance manual by Frank Keohane (2016). It is an excellent introduction to the common issues and remedies encountered when dealing with modest historic buildings.
Set on 900 acres of manicured gardens, meandering lakes and historical landscape in Kildare, Palmerstown House Estate is a truly breathtaking venue that can be exclusively yours for your wedding day. Located just 20 minutes from Dublin via the N7, it's easily reached from all major routes, which means you can have your wedding at an opulent country manor, but without having to subject your guests to a long drive!
If your dream day is brimming with old world luxury, this historic country manor just outside of Maynooth is definitely one to check out. Expansive and versatile, Carton House is home to lots of wow factor spaces. Your guests will be equally impressed by the interiors in the regal Gold Salon, which boasts French doors opening out onto manicured gardens, and the elegant Silver Ballroom.
Tucked away in a tranquil part of Co. Wicklow that's a little off the beaten track but still easy to reach, Rathsallagh House is a plush hideaway that will be exclusive to couples and their guests on the big day. Suited to weddings of all sizes, from intimate parties of 50, all the way up to huge celebrations of 250 guests, Rathsallagh is an instantly charming place with historic gardens and cosy interiors.
A historic house located in picturesque West Cork, Liss Ard Estate offers the perfect combination of enchanting surroundings and world-class service. The 163-acre estate boasts beautiful gardens, woodlands, and meadows, and even its own private lake! Liss Ard's event spaces include the 19th Century Georgian country house and its garden mews, the Victorian lake lodge, and some charming walled gardens.
The Dublin Archaeology GIS presents the following information: Licensed activity reports for all of County Dublin down to 2012, Topographical Files, complimentary historical maps and synthetic maps. Each of these datasets is provided for reference purposes only. 2b1af7f3a8