I remember when I was doing the Leaving Certificate back in the day, the art history course I took talked a lot about Ireland’s Georgian architectural history. Many of the most famous buildings around Dublin are Georgian, and even when you go into the countryside these old relics are everywhere.
One of the most famous is called Carton House which was owned by the Dukes of Kildare, or the Firzgerald family, which also owned Maynooth Castle. This is only about fifteen or twenty minutes drive away from where I grew up.
When I was a young fella there was still a huge farm here, now it’s a golf course. But when it was still a farm, my old man would drive in there and every so often I would get a look at the big old house. I often hoped I could stop by for a look at the building. Unfortunately I never really got, or took many more chances.
This summer, myself and herself managed to visit and even more famous house in County Wicklow, Powerscourt House. While the original house acutally burned down in the 70s, it has now been rebuilt to resemble what it once looked like.
While the interior is now a restaurant and shop, most of the original decor was destroyed, including the ballroom which once entertained King George IV.
Anyway, I’d always wanted to take a walk around the gardens and I managed to drag a few people with me for the ride – there’s few more satisfying feelings than forcing culture on those who usually avoid it…
Here are some of the pictures of the magnificent gardens. Hope you enjoy them!
Powerscourt House, Co. Wicklow, a set on Flickr.