These are the incredible ruins of Duckett’s Grove, located in Rainstown in co. Carlow. This great house was once home to the Duckett family who were the largest landowners in co. Carlow for 300 years with an estate covering more than 12,000 acres. It was originally a 2 story Georgian house however the famous architect Thomas Codden redesigned it in a castellated Gothic revival style for John Davidson Duckett with fantasy towers, turrets and ornamented oriels and niches. At its height the house had a staff of 11 men to maintain the grounds alone. The property passed to a land agent in 1908 after an internal family feud. It then was used by local farmers and even by the a local branch of the IRA for organising it’s flying columns. The house was unfortunately destroyed by fire in 1933. Carlow County Council acquired Duckett’s Grove in 2005 and have since restored the historical gardens which have examples of plants from all over the World for use as a public park. On 17 March 2011, Duckett’s Grove was featured in an episode of SyFy’s show “Destination Truth” during a 4 hour live investigation special to find out if the ruins are haunted by a Banshee Ghost.
Ducketts Grove, Rainstown. co. Carlow 1818-1850emmet
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