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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.
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