Ducats Grove, Carlow, Co. Carlow

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Where: Duckett's Grove House, Kneestown, Duckett's Grove, Co. Carlow, Ireland

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This fairytale castle in Co. Carlow looks more like a child's dream than a mature person's reality. Lines of statues leading to a door guarded by armoured spear bearers. All this was bound to deter the faint hearted!

As attested by the contributions on this image (and the associatied Wikipedia article), while the main structure of Duckett's Grove remains, the statues and interiors do not. Home to the Duckett family for several hundred years, it was never fully occupied following their departure in 1916 - and the main building was destroyed by fire in 1933. While the interiors were never redeveloped, some life has returned to the place - with events, tourism and gardens that form part of the Carlow Garden Trail...


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914

NLI Ref: L_CAB_02553

You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    sharon.corbet

    • 08/Dec/2017 09:29:57

    Duckett's Grove in wikipedia.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 08/Dec/2017 09:30:27

    aka Duckett's Grove, in Kneestown, Carlow.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 08/Dec/2017 09:49:31

    NIAH entry. DIA entry. OSI [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] The OSI seems to have it just over the border into Rainestown.

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    domenico milella

    • 08/Dec/2017 10:02:53

    Congratulation for your beautiful Album.

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    wanderingshaner

    • 08/Dec/2017 10:09:25

    Fantastic, it is such a shame that they never restored it.

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    Carol Maddock

    • 08/Dec/2017 10:30:41

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet] Rainestown - the "town of the bracken". How lovely.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Dec/2017 10:31:07

    From that wiki article: Due to the Duckett's good treatment of their tenants and employees over the years, the interiors and furniture were left intact upon the IRA's departure from the house. Not what I expect to read when looking up a burnt-out Big House! Good for the Ducketts!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Dec/2017 10:36:01

    There appears to be a statue of an Ewok between the windows to our right of the door (noted).

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Dec/2017 10:40:11

    William and Marie Duckett in the 1901 census, which also tells the house has 50 Windows in Front

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Dec/2017 10:43:40

    In 1911, Marie was living on Raglan Road, with 2 Italian footmen, a groom and 2 maids.

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    derangedlemur

    • 08/Dec/2017 10:49:48

    I went there at halloween, having found this picture in the catalogue while looking for something else. It's still largely intact (one observation I received being "that's not heritage, it's still standing!") and there are craft vendors in the outbuildings. I was surprised it hadn't been rebuilt as a hotel during the tiger years. It's probably nice enough in summer, but in october I had to go on to Oak Park to find enough entertainment to justify buns.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 08/Dec/2017 11:22:17

    What an amazing house and collection of statues. Even DOG statues! At top left are figures of a lady in a bonnet, a man in a top hat, and a big bird, seen better in - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000337297

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    swordscookie back and trying to catch up!

    • 08/Dec/2017 11:24:43

    I prefer Ducat's! It has the sound of money about it!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 08/Dec/2017 11:35:44

    Flickr is sometimes amazing - in 2011 via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/edwarddullardphotography/] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/edwarddullardphotography/5841376069/] Heaps of good photos of the place on Flickr - www.flickr.com/search/?text=ducketts%20grove

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 08/Dec/2017 11:51:01

    Droneview !! - youtu.be/f23JAbkEhvw Banshee !! - youtu.be/kiTMrfYWblM

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    guliolopez

    • 08/Dec/2017 13:07:41

    Visited perhaps 6 years ago. Still immediately recognisable. I remember reading about its destruction at the time - and noting that it happened a full decade after the other reprisal/civil war style incidents of the 20s. I also remember noting how many empty recesses there were - I hadn't expected that they were *all* populated with statues. Clearly though they were. As [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] mentions, there's no access to the interior, but the walk through the walled gardens and wooded area to the rear is nice. I don't remember the "courtyard tea rooms" being open/extant when we went.

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    HereIsTom

    • 08/Dec/2017 13:20:39

    Beautifully done!

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    sam2cents

    • 08/Dec/2017 14:03:26

    It's a lovely building all right. I can never see that kind of architecture, though, without thinking of the film Kind Hearts and Coronets and Lord Ascoigne D'Ascoigne. All it needs is a mote.

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    John Spooner

    • 08/Dec/2017 14:48:07

    When I saw that the Dublin Daily Express had reported on Duckett v Duckett in 1911, I was expecting a juicy divorce, but I was wrong, it was a dispute over cutting down trees on the Duckett's Grove estate. Dublin Daily Express - Wednesday 22 February 1911

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    John Spooner

    • 08/Dec/2017 14:54:12

    More Duckett litigation. Leinster Leader - Saturday 24 June 1939.

    THE DUCKETT WILL CASE Mrs. Marie Georgina Duckett, the validity of whose will is being disputed in the Dublin courts, was, for many years, a prominent figure in Co. Carlow society, and was resident at Duckett's Grove near Carlow town.

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    John Spooner

    • 08/Dec/2017 15:11:54

    The Belfast News-Letter report of the 1933 fire says that the previous week the owners had "been in touch with some London speculators wishing to buy an Irish mansion as a cinema studio. "

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    guliolopez

    • 09/Dec/2017 20:21:21

    The Wikipedia article has a version of this image. Which is attributed to Carlow County Museum. Interestingly, that version (though otherwise seemingly identical) doesn't seem to have the "cut out" sky or fake/cut-out flag. If it's the same image, I wonder if Carlow County Museum have a date for it.

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 21/Dec/2017 09:00:06

    good image

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    tonyheaney

    • 23/Mar/2018 21:58:50

    Main heading misspelts folks its Duckett's :)