Historic Buildings of Co. Kilkenny (L - Z)
Republic of Ireland
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Castles, Baronial and Historic houses
... in alphabetical order
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● Maudlin Castle, Restored Castle
● Neigham Castle 4 km from Gowran
● New Park built in the second half of the 18th century by Simon Newport, who established the region’s largest and most important bank, Simon Newport and Sons: at the time there was a common expression in Waterford, ‘as good as Newport’s notes.’ Unfortunately in 1820 the bank failed and the founder’s younger son William Newport who was then responsible for its affairs committed suicide. Although he repudiated any personal liability Simon Newport’s elder son, Sir John Newport, a former Chancellor of the Exchequer who was then an M.P. in London, contributed at least £5,000 towards numerous local compensation claims. On his death in 1843, New Park was inherited by Sir John’s only surviving nephew, the Rev. John Newport and when he died sixteen years later, the estate was sold to Fitzmaurice Gustavus Bloomfield whose mother had been heiress to the Castle Caldwell estate in County Fermanagh. New Park remained with the Bloomfield family until the house was destroyed by fire in 1932
○ Notes from book 'Abandoned Mansions of Ireland', by Tarquin Blake. Page 170. Anglo-Norman History. 13th,C, - known as 'Nova Villa', became 'Earlstown',: Balwin de Hamstonford.,1360./ Milo Sweetman, Treasurer of Ossary, who became Bishop of Armagh. All stone high Castle, built by Sweetman, 1500, 4 storeys, impressive, but few defensive features ( top: a secret chamber) until 1653,when William Sweetman took the side of the Confederate Catholics- Forfeited estate under Cromwell, He transplanted to Connaught, 1654. * The ruined castle served as a District Chapel until 1808.(no bell, but Bill Delaney called Worshippers with a strong voice).* Still stands as an example of an Irish Tower House.
● Newtown House a.k.a. Wellington House The remains of a country house estate connected to the Morris and the Greene families. Henry Thomas Butler, 2nd Earl of Carrick died in 1813, leaving his estates (Mount Juliet and Newtown) to his son-in-law, the Honourable Charles Harward Butler-Clarke-Southwell-Wandesforde. When Lady Sarah Butler married Charles Haward Butler he took her name as a condition of his inheritance. His other surnames had also been taken as a result of various other inheritances. In 1834 Newtown House was occupied by the Rev. Benjamin Morris rector of Rincurran. He died in 1846. In 1911- Widow Louisa Smithwick and her son George, retired brewer (the family of Big Brewers, still operating 2000s). Louisa Smithwick married Daniele O'Connell, 'The Liberator'/ George Smithwick retired at 36 - the Brewers amalgamated with Guinness Co. By 1969, the roof of the house was removed to avoid property taxes..left to ruin, (photographs in book).
● Paulstown Castle - situated between Gowran and Paulstown 3 km from Gowran. Associations with the Flood family of nearby View Mount House (12402107/KK-21-07), the Healy family, and for the reputed connections with Sir Pearse Butler
● Rossenarra House Dating from the early 1800s. Rossenarra has American connections - in the last century it was home for a period to New York-born Richard Condon, WIKI, author of novels such as The Manchurian Candidate and Prizzi’s Honor.
● Rothe House
● Shankill Castle Restored Castle18th-century building that is set in beautiful parkland. The interior preserves much of its original character and features a Georgian staircase, Gothic plaster work in the dining room and a charmingly Victorian drawing room. The stable-yard and the castellated entrance to the demesne are attributed to Daniel Robertson.
● Springfield House - occupied by the Waring family from c. 1740. Samuel Waring Esq. is recorded at the house from 1792-1810. Acquired by Patrick Morris in 1826. Hew was born in Waterford in 1789, emigrating to Newfoundland. He returned to Newfoundland in 1833. The house was sold in 1866 and bought by Major Purcell O'Gormain - Waterford MP, nick-named "The Joker for Waterford". He died in 1888 leaving his estate to his two daughters - Alice and and Mary. Alice married Captain Anderson of Weymouth. The Barton family bought the house in the 1920's and lived there until 1975 when it was sold to the Industrial Development Authority. Left unoccupied it fell into disrepair, was vandalised and fell into ruin. There is now a Wastewater Treatment Plant nearby.
○ Featured in Abandoned Mansioins of Ireland II by Tarquin Blake Page 140.
● Tubbrid Castle - four storey C15 Grace family tower - currently shrouded in scaffolding and appears to be undergoing restoration - 7km east of Urlingford and just south of the R693.
● View Mount House - associated with the Flood family
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