Now here is a castle fit for a king and with enough chimneys to keep the Turfman from Ardee happy for many a year! Can you imagine anybody having the responsibility for ensuring that each and every one of those fires was kept going in the winter time? The other people who would have their work cut out would be the window cleaners! I wonder if it managed to survive the Troubles?
Photographer: Robert French
Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection
Date: Circa 1865 - 1914
NLI Ref: L_IMP_3451
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Source: Flickr Commons
Demolished, according to https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ - "Shanbally Castle was located near Clogheen, County Tipperary and built for Cornelius O'Callaghan, the first Viscount Lismore, in around 1810. It was the largest house built in Ireland by the noted English architect John Nash.1 The castle was acquired by the Irish Land Commission in 1954. On 21 March 1960 the castle, after much controversy, was demolished. ... " https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5625169443/
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia What a pity! It really was a beautiful building!
Lots of information here - specialcollections.ul.ie/shanbally-castle-papers/ Ed. And here - lordbelmontinnorthernireland.blogspot.com/2013/10/shanbal...
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Paging back in the catalogue I soon hit L_IMP_3449 of Clifden Station, opened 1895.
There is a woman in black (with an umbrella) and a Dog in this one - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000322148 Ed. One of 10 fabulous photos Mr French / Lawrence took of Shanbally - catalogue.nli.ie/Search/Results?lookfor=shanbally&typ...
8 entries at the DIA including "extensive works" in 1908, and new lodges in 1906 and 11, alts and adds in 1912.
“Few acts of official vandalism rival the decision by the Government in 1957 to proceed with plans to demolish Shanbally Castle” - jskean.incolor.com/Shanbally.htm
All the alts in the 20th century are for lady Beatrice Pole Carew, who was 24 in 1901.
Here is George Ponsonby O'Callaghan Viscount Lismore and owner until his death in 1898. At his death, the calendar of wills says his estate was £20,853 2s 9d, over 2 million in today's sterling.
If we are near 1895, I think the lady in the beachcomber's shot is too young to be the wife of the Viscount, married 1839. One possibility is that these shots are from after the Viscount died in 1898 left the house to his cousins, Beatrice and Constance, and the lady is one of them. The Viscount had 2 sons, and one of them married a Rosina Williams in 1874, and that son died in 1885, this could be the widow? Or, of course, she could be the housekeeper or someone like that.
The house stayed in the Pole Carew family, sold by Beatrice's son Patrick in 1954 to the Land Commission. That lordbelmont blog upthread quotes a government statement after the demolition in 1960: "Apart from periods of military occupation the castle remained wholly unoccupied for 40 years," which would be since 1920.
An article in the Munster Tribune of Friday 16 August 1957 gives the impression that the attitude to the demolition among locals was of resignation and indifference.
The following summer a reporter visited the castle and found locals involved in the demolition(Munster Tribune - Friday 13 June 1958) At that time, according to the article, it was planned to retain the walls of the castle.
While the destruction of each of these Big Houses was a loss to us all on some level, the sheer number of houses, each one supported by a colossal estate of rent-paying tenants, meant we were never going to save them all unless we kept landlordism itself, or replaced it with taxes on us all to keep up these relics of old decency. The NUIG landed estates project for Connaught and Munster lists 4893 houses. Did we really need all of them as Museum pieces?
Another interesting account of its history, including some interior views and floor plans www.johnpmorrissey.com/post/shanbally/
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/quiteadept] Interesting, that page contradicts the Government statement quoted above that the house was unoccupied, and says Lady Constance continued to live in a wing of Shanbally until her death 1949, well after World War II. And lady Constance liked dogs. We met her parents recently (this was never the parents home):