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Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Mayfield House, Portlaw:

                                                                                                                                                             Mayfield House, the once beautiful home of the Malcomson family, founders of the adjacent cotton mill. Purchased some time ago with the idea of converting it into a first-class hotel, the project now seems to be in doubt according to rumours circulating (unverified).  An infestation of Japanese Knotweed is being blamed.  (This image given a half page in the Feb. issue of Carrick's THREE COUNTIES magazine). 

Friday, January 12, 2024

Once-abandoned cottage

 Am glad to say the building has since been restored and is now lived in!

Monday, January 8, 2024

Burncourt Castle, County Tipperary.

 The castle, just outside Burncourt village, was built by Sir Richard Everard in 1641 who joined the Catholic Confederates the following year.  He himself, it is believed, burnt down the building in 1650 to prevent it falling into the hands of  Cromwellian troops. Captured by Cromwell's son-in-law, General Ireton, while defending the city of Limerick during that famous siege in 1651, he was hanged shortly afterwards. The Everard family had some connection with Fethard, Co. Tipperary,  also (?).