Pictured here is the ruins of Castleboro House, approximately 8 miles outside of Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. It is one of my own personal favorite ruined houses of Ireland.
The impressive Neo Palladian country house was originally buily in 1770 for the Carew family, but was accidentally destroyed by fire in 1840.
It was reconstructed after the fire for Robert Shapland Carew to a design by Daniel Robertson and Martin Day. Another fire started by local IRA sympathisers in 1923 destroyed the house completely. It now lies as one of the finest ruins in Ireland.
Wonderful ornamentation and architectural details can be found across the house with finely carved Corinthian columns in the main portico, and ionic columns on the east and west wings. Positioned as it is in a rolling field with the Blackstairs Mountains as a backdrop, it makes a wonderful, though somewhat forlorn scene.
In its heydey, this house would have seen the grandest of balls, attended by the wealthiest of Irelands elite. Today the clatter of hooves and carriage wheels and the sounds of laughter and clinking glasses has completely died. The only sound to be heard now is the wind whistling through the windows, and the sounds of sheep in nearby fields.
Today the house is utterly destroyed, and only its shell remains. If you peer in the windows on the ground floor, there is nothing but a drop into the basement level which is littered with the burnt remains of its interior. The sign on the front door warns the rare visitors to this place of the danger of the unstable structure. It is a sad fact that this home will most likely one day crumble to dust, as have so many of the great houses of Ireland.
It is said (as it is in so many places in Ireland), that the house is haunted, in this house by the ghost of Lady Carew, who rushed into the burning building to try and save her needlework, but she died in the inferno.
Today the house stands on private land, in a very hard to find location at the end of a number of miles of backroads. However, when I found it and obtained permission to go onto the land, I felt it was a place well worth visiting.
Thanks for looking.
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Silvio1953 (120522) 2013-09-24 11:55
Ciao Noel great view of beautiful building superb sky nice symmetry dplendid light and colors bravo ciso Silvio
Fis2 (84528) 2013-09-24 12:39
Beautiful ruins, curious building.
I like light and colours.
Photo has climate.
krzychu30 (15496) 2013-09-24 14:26
great building and story!but it´s always sad to see such architectural gems falling into ruin.
The dark,dramatic sky above the Castle helps you to create the mood of the scene(especially after reading your note).It´s also for me great to see how excellently you captured the color scheme of the scene-despite cloudy sky and quite poor light you were able to bring out colors so nicely(green adds a lot of "life" to the scene).
Wish You all the best
nikkitta (14582) 2013-09-24 16:22
Just watch and comment a post from Miguel in Dublin, now yours about a fascinating subject as is an abandoned big, beautiful house with an interesting history
Your note made me felt sad, it will be crash from one time to another, must be some american interested in restoring it
Good and interesting capture and note
photoray (11745) 2013-09-24 17:33
Excellent ghostly view of the Castleboro House ruins, certainly spooky and a reminder of how the rich and famous lived. Your Irish mansions are certainly impressive and unlike most of our American ones.
Indrasish (2853) 2013-09-24 21:20
Another awesome shot by you.. I like the wonderful composition and you got a superb sky.. Nice perspective and nice color tones too.. also superb image quality and thanks for attaching an interesting note with it.. Very well done..
Good morning and wish you all the best..
carlo62 (31324) 2013-09-24 22:58
alla prima vista sembrava la versione a colori della precedente foto, mentre si tratta di un'architettura simile, ma diversa nei particolari, uno stile più classico, con colonne simili a quelle romane.
Un altro approfondimento sulla tua meravigliosa terra.
fabbs99 (16163) 2013-09-24 23:05
This is really a nice looking ruined by fire house belonging to an Irish Elite of past century.Great capture with good sharpness and pov.I just hope you didn't have a rendezvous with the infamous Lady Carew.Well done.TFS.
marina7 (8053) 2013-09-25 1:33
there couldn't be a better place for a ghost dwelling:)
The empty paneless windows create quite an eerie effect together with that unfriendly sky above.
Nice clarity despite the gloomy day, good sharpness too.
Thanks and best wishes
snunney (82487) 2013-09-25 2:48
The stormy sky suits the subject perfectly; one can imagine the ghost wandering through these ruins ceaselessly looking for her needlework. The front on viewpoint and symmetrical composition work well, producing an interesting layered effect.
Romano46 (17436) 2013-09-25 5:04
bellissima! Un incontro molto piacevole di soggetto, composizione e colori inserito ottimamente in una composizione di grande respiro.
Il verde del pèrato fa una bella contrapposizione con il grigio del cielo imbronciato e mette in particolare evidenza la bellezza del soggetto, oltretutto ripreso con una bella luce che non crea ombre e ne esalta i dettagli, il tutto in un ambiente di ottima nitidezza.
Complimenti anche per le eccellenti note.
Ciao e buona giornata
Kugart (1778) 2013-09-25 7:19
Wow,this must have been some mansion in its heyday.With its main central building and the two wings built each side in classical fashion. fantastic looking porch on the front with the magnificent pillars. Are they the chimney stacks that are still standing? Usually these don't last long when a building like this falls into disrepair . Well taken shot from the front showing this great house in all its remaining glory.
All the best.
pajaran (51214) 2013-09-25 8:33
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan tekst o carskoj palati, sa datim podacima i istorijom ...
Dobar rad, lepo pokazana rusevina i trenutak sa oblacima koji donose kisu.
Ostala je rusevina i secanje na vreme kada je plata bila lepa.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
An interesting article on the royal palace, with the given data and history ...
Good work, well demonstrated ruins, and the moment the clouds bring rain.
She stayed rubble and memories of a time when wages were beautiful.
Nice afternoon and all the best.
pyffepa (625) 2013-09-25 11:01
Nice picture of that manor.
I'm amazed that the ruins are open to winds but there is still a door ;o)
Even in that state, the building is impressive.
I admire the sky that dramatize the photograph.
mkamionka (30212) 2013-09-25 13:45
I have passed near this place several times but I have never well explored this area. I like it very much. The ruins are interesting and impressive even simply due to the size of this structure. The typical Irish weather adds here a nice dramatic touch which goes well with abandoned house.
Very well done!!!
Sonata11 (33225) 2013-09-25 13:47
very beautiful capture of ruin architecture with fantastic sharpness, clarity and great lighting against dramatic cloudy sky. Love it.
All the best, Barbara
macjake (55504) 2013-09-26 12:50
so you had to get permission to go onto the land? wow...that kinda sucks, but i understand since its private land.
and there are floor boards anywhere? it's just a shell and it falls into the basement level? no floor?
what a shame that you can't go inside!! or perhaps there are areas that you can? I'd certainly go check it out.
your hard work to locate this place certainly paid off.
love the ghost story too - perhaps the ghost can show me around! haha
Gigidusud (15125) 2013-09-26 13:40
Beautiful architecture with great simmetry, nice contrast colors and good framing. Well done!
pierrefonds (56422) 2013-09-26 18:32
The wideness of the lawn is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the ruins of the Castleboro House. The cloudy sky is giving a good contrast to the colors. Have a nice day.
cornejo (30592) 2013-09-27 5:27
Hi Noel, very good picture of this beautiful and interesting ruin of grand palace, very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, depth, nice light and color. Excellent and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy weekend.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
ourania (30097) 2013-09-27 11:34
when I first looked at this picture I thought it would be one of the beautiful buildings you have been presenting through wonderful photos and notes, abandoned perhaps but still very impressive. Then I noticed the shady, vacant windows and the "whole" in the middle and felt a shiver. A wonderful picture of this decrepit mansion. The traces of its past glory still descernible on the ruins, the very moody light and colours as well as the dramatic sky bestow the picture with an overwhelming melancholy. Your note is most interesting, as always. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,
tyro (20012) 2013-09-28 8:46
You really do go to great efforts to provide us with wonderfully interesting and comprehensive notes for your photographs - and this one is no exception. I think it is because of your love of history and I for one really appreciate and enjoy reading and learning from your notes!
And this is a very fine photograph to illustrate this note too. Lovely soft light and excellent true colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness. The ruins stand out perfectly against the cloudy sky and we can fully appreciate what this magnificent building must have looked like in its heyday.
adores (36121) 2013-10-12 17:16
I really like this kind of places!I'm sure it must have wonderful details. Good pov to show its dimension and the dark sky really creates the atmosphere for the ghost story. Good shot!
Miguel82 (22821) 2014-01-07 16:57
Many castles in Ireland and Scotland are said to be haunted Noel, that's all right good global view of these ruins, excellent framing and hues, high resolution, good night