Pictured here is the ruins of Castleboro House, approximately 8 miles outside of Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.
This 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.
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 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.
Ireland is scattered with the ruins of many fine country houses and mansions and sadly, many become overgrown and forgotten about, eventually leading to their decay and collapse. This house makes an impressive ruin, but is only a shell, as the entire inside of the house has been obliterated.
This is the second image of Castleboro house i have uploaded, as I do love the place so much. This is the angle looking up from the old entrance road, and I find it funny to think that this scene would have been witness to the coming and going of luxurious carriages, filled with the most elegant people, attending the grandest of balls. Today, the only sound as you stand here is the baa-ing of the sheep who live on the grounds, and the wind whistling through the windows.
Thanks for looking!
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ACL1978 (7511) 2012-09-04 14:31
I'm glad you didn't present this one in black and white for a couple of reasons, Noel; first, the green is so vibrant and full of life, especially against the cloudy but bright sky, and second because if you had it might have looked too much like the setting for a horror movie! This kind of decay is fascinating, especially in stately homes like this one, and your capture of it is great, especially considering difficult lighting circumstances. I've been cursed with this kind of light, which makes good detail nearly impossible to get without overexposure; you're clearly battling that problem here, but I think you do well with it.
Iva (82) 2012-09-04 14:37
I saw your picture just a second before logging out and I just had to stay :)
The place looks enchanting and your note makes it even more interesting. I would love to see more of it.
Tnx for sharing.
delpeoples (58348) 2012-09-05 2:07
This is a great POV of a fascinating and beautifully photographed. How you've taken it side-on is very effective and attractive. As one of the other critiquers mentioned, the colours and sharpness are impressive. The only thing I'm not sure about it, is the sky. It looks a little unusual, and probably would have been lieft all white. But the other elements are so strong, they carry the photo and make it a success.
Thanks for sharing, I hope you don't think I've been too hormonal with my criticism :)
JFS (32459) 2012-09-05 2:08
Your shots are easily recognizable and all have your trademark. I like the decadent mood of this one and the beautiful architecture of this palace in ruins.
Have a good day!
Highmountains (2674) 2012-09-05 4:04
Elegance and class remains - even in ruin.
The composition highlights the tall columns of the portico, the strong wide pillars framing the walls... the balustrade over the portico - taken over by the invading weeds and shrubs...
The two large trees on either side of the frame adds a balance to the picture. Similar is the effect of the curving path and the flat ground of green grass.
Thanks for a beautiful photograph.
saxo042 (37890) 2012-09-05 8:07
This is a very valuable TE contribution, with an interesting picture combined with a likewise interesting note. The road curves elegantly in front of the the castle and the sky has some nice clouds, to improve it.
marabu61 (11059) 2012-09-05 13:20
Very interesting house here. I love how it is overgrown and has an abandoned feeling about it. Your framing and light management are as usual spot on.
Have a great time
mkamionka (37241) 2012-09-05 13:23
I did not see this place. You captured it in a intriguing mood which makes the story about being haunted reliable. I like the path leading the eye to the main entrance. The sky is burned but having some dark cloud at the very top makes a nice effect enhancing the mood. Very interesting capture and story,
rbellemare (2109) 2012-09-05 19:36
Another great architectural picture of yours Noel. I like the POV coming from the side. This building is surely majestic and coming from that road to its entrance must have been quite a experience.
Thank for sharing.
pierrefonds (66931) 2012-09-06 4:35
The path is sending my eyes toward the house whoch is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the ruins of the Castlenboro House. The cloudy sky is giving a good contrast to the colors. Have a nice day.
pajaran (61244) 2012-09-08 23:37
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o staroj kuci, i istorija ...
Lep pogled na staru kucu.
Dobra ostrina i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepa stara arhitektura.
Imajte lep dan za odmor, sve najbolje.
Very interesting and good article on the old house, and the history of ...
A nice view of the old house.
Good sharpness and contrast, beautiful color.
Good composition, beautiful old architecture.
Have a nice day to rest, all the best.
sandpiper (6788) 2012-09-14 5:04
Great shot of this magestic ruin, excellent composition and light
macjake (68488) 2012-09-28 7:34
another wonderful story.
I like the ending when you spoke about seeing the good ol' days of balls and fancy cars running up the driveway.
Oh what I would do to get a piece of the inside of this grand house. You said you had the OK to go on the land, could you also go inside? is it locked up?
Its a shame someone doesnt have the money or the time or the Care to put this mansion back up and running again.
Its a great choice of POV, wonderful subject.
Miguel82 (27646) 2013-11-07 5:02
Dear Noêl, one of your favorite theme, castle, patrimonial and historical sites, I like the view of that one, very green environment, big columns, the vegetation is growing on the stone itself, excellent resolution, all the best, warm regards