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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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Additional Photos by Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2757 W: 15 N: 6628] (23252)
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