Big Houses and Mansions

The term ‘Big House’ refers to the large country houses, mansions, or estate houses usually owned by members of the Protestant Ascendancy in Ireland. This class controlled almost all the political and economic power in Ireland for several hundred years. The houses were meant to ‘inspire awe among equals and deference in the lower classes’. Many were burn’t down during the Irish War of Independence.

The Bishops Palace, Armagh City. 1770

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A grade 'A' listed building fit for a Bishop & The ancient seat of St. Patrick The Bishop's Palace in Armagh is a beautiful Neoclassical building situated in 300 acres of parkland. This [...]

The Bishops Palace, Armagh City. 17702020-04-28T22:04:27+00:00

Beaulieu House, Drogheda. County Louth 1680

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A rare example of an original 17th century mansion in Ireland The beautiful Beaulieu House is located 3 miles from the town of Drogheda in County Louth. This is a rare example of [...]

Beaulieu House, Drogheda. County Louth 16802020-04-29T19:35:38+00:00

The Bishop’s Palace. Waterford City 1741

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One of the finest early Georgian houses in Ireland & the oldest piece of Waterford Glass The Bishop’s Palace in Waterford City was built in 1741 to the designs of the famous architect [...]

The Bishop’s Palace. Waterford City 17412020-05-04T12:42:28+00:00

Buncrana Castle, Buncrana, County Donegal 1718

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The earliest and most important of the 'Big Houses' of Inishowen During the 18th century, large manor houses like this one were known as 'castles'. This house was built by Colonel George Vaughan [...]

Buncrana Castle, Buncrana, County Donegal 17182020-04-29T07:17:22+00:00

Humewood Castle, Kiltegan. County Wicklow 1872

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A fantasy castle, The Humes and A ground breaking court case Humewood Castle was built in 1872 and is located in Kiltegan. co.Wicklow. The Humes formerly lived in a fortified tower house built [...]

Humewood Castle, Kiltegan. County Wicklow 18722020-04-30T13:10:40+00:00

Farmleigh Estate, Phoenix Park. Dublin City 1873

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The Guinness family & Ireland's premier accommodation for dignitaries Farmleigh Estate is located in Phoenix Park, Dublin City, and was originally a small Georgian house. It was purchased by Edward Cecil Guinness on [...]

Farmleigh Estate, Phoenix Park. Dublin City 18732020-05-05T17:55:10+00:00

Portumna Castle, Portumna. County Galway 1618

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Rare transitional castle to mansion Portumna Castle was built in 1618 and is regarded as an interesting example of Irish architecture in the transition between the medieval fortified tower house and the classical [...]

Portumna Castle, Portumna. County Galway 16182020-04-29T19:40:49+00:00

Prehen House, Prehen, Derry City 1740

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Derry's most historic house & & Half hanged McNaughton This early Georgian manor house was built in 1740 with the finest materials for Andrew Knox, M.P for Donegal. It sits on an elevated [...]

Prehen House, Prehen, Derry City 17402020-04-29T13:15:12+00:00

Westport House, Westport. County Mayo 1730

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One of Ireland's most beautiful historic houses, Croagh Patrick & the Pirate Queen Westport House was built in 1730 and is considered to be one of Ireland's most beautiful historic homes. It was [...]

Westport House, Westport. County Mayo 17302020-05-08T08:48:30+00:00

Castle Durrow, Durrow. County Laois 1716

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Once the finest country houses in Ireland Castle Durrow (Darú-'Plain of the Oaks') is a beautiful 'country pile' that was built between 1712 and 1716 as a family home by Captain William Flower. [...]

Castle Durrow, Durrow. County Laois 17162020-04-28T21:24:26+00:00

Newbridge House, Donabate. County Dublin 1736

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An authentic example of an early Georgian mansion with original interiors & a working farm Newbridge House is located in Donabate in north county Dublin. It is considered a perfect example of an [...]

Newbridge House, Donabate. County Dublin 17362020-04-26T15:37:39+00:00

Ardgillan Castle, Skerries. County Dublin 1738

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famous diaries, original interiors & spectacular sea views Ardgillan Castle is located in a beautiful setting overlooking the town of Skerries in north county Dublin. It has spectacular views out to the Irish [...]

Ardgillan Castle, Skerries. County Dublin 17382020-05-01T13:24:53+00:00

Avondale House, Rathdrum. County Wicklow 1777

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The stunning home & estate of Charles Stewart Parnell Avondale House is located near the village of Rathdrum in County Wicklow. This was the birthplace and home of Charles Stewart Parnell (1846 -1891) [...]

Avondale House, Rathdrum. County Wicklow 17772020-05-03T17:39:32+00:00

Carton House, Maynooth. County Kildare 1739

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Once home to the most powerful family in Ireland Carton House is located near Maynooth in county Kildare. It was built in 1739 for the Fitzgerald family and designed by the famous architect [...]

Carton House, Maynooth. County Kildare 17392020-05-03T18:20:27+00:00

Castletown House, Celbridge. County Kildare 1729

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Ireland's largest, finest and earliest Palladian style house Castletown House is located in Celbridge in County Kildare. It is regarded as Ireland's largest, finest and earliest Palladian style house and is significant in [...]

Castletown House, Celbridge. County Kildare 17292020-04-29T19:36:50+00:00

The K Club, Straffan. County Kildare 1832

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Designed on a French Chateaux, The Ryder Cup & Jack B Yeats The original building here, Straffan House, was built in 1832 during the Regency era by Hugh Barber of the wine firm [...]

The K Club, Straffan. County Kildare 18322020-04-26T16:08:23+00:00

Belfast Castle, Cavehill. Belfast City 1870

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The best views of Belfast Lough from one the finest Victorian superpads Belfast Castle is set on the slopes of Cavehill Country Park at 400-feet above sea level. It has beautiful gardens and [...]

Belfast Castle, Cavehill. Belfast City 18702020-04-25T16:13:21+00:00

Dungiven Castle, Dungiven. County Derry 1836

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Danny Boy, The O'Cahan's & The Flight of the Earls Dungiven Castle was the ancestral home of the O'Cahans who ruled this area for hundreds of years. In 1607 Sir Donnell O’Cahan was [...]

Dungiven Castle, Dungiven. County Derry 18362020-04-29T19:31:07+00:00

Powerscourt House & Estate, Enniskerry. County Wicklow 1741

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One of Ireland's most beautiful mansions & voted 3rd best gardens in the World Powerscourt House was built in 1741 and is located on the Powerscourt Estate in Enniskerry, co. Wicklow. It was [...]

Powerscourt House & Estate, Enniskerry. County Wicklow 17412020-05-02T11:16:35+00:00