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Kennedy of Johnstow and Bishopscourt, County Kildare

Kennedy of Johnstow and Bishopscourt, County Kildare

One of the most celebrated families of the Kildare hunting scene during the middle decades of the 20th century, the Kennedys were direct descendants of Sir John Kennedy, the Father of the Kildare Hunt. Indeed, for much of the 20th century, the area around Straffan was...
Chapter 2: The Creation of Adare Manor

Chapter 2: The Creation of Adare Manor

The building of Adare Manor by the 2nd Earl of Dunraven and his wife, Lady Caroline, was one of the biggest projects of its kind ever undertaken in Ireland.  Completed over 30 years, it was built in an architectural style that was inspired by the Gothic Revival and...
Chapter 1: ‘O, Sweet Adare!’ – The Early Years

Chapter 1: ‘O, Sweet Adare!’ – The Early Years

Return to Contents   Extracted from ‘Adare Manor: The Renaissance of an Irish Country House’ by Turtle Bunbury.   *****   ‘O, sweet Adare! O, lovely vale, O, soft retreat of sylvan splendour. Nor summer sun, nor morning gale. E’er hailed a scene more softly tender.’...