Duckett's Grove

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Duckett's Grove
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General information
Type Country House
Location County Carlow, Ireland
Coordinates 52°51′27″N 6°48′46″W / 52.8575°N 6.8128°W / 52.8575; -6.8128Coordinates: 52°51′27″N 6°48′46″W / 52.8575°N 6.8128°W / 52.8575; -6.8128
Construction started 1745
Completed 1825
Owner Government of Ireland
Design and construction
Architect Thomas Cobden,
John Macduff Derick
Duckett's Grove Tower side

Duckett's Grove is a ruined 19th-century great house and former estate in County Carlow, Ireland. Belonging to the Duckett family, it was formerly at the centre of a 12,000-acre (49 km2) estate, that dominated the landscape of the area for hundreds of years.[1]


Duckett's Grove was built around 1830 by William Duckett in an estate covering more than 5,000 acres (20 km2) of the County Carlow countryside. It was designed in a castellated Gothic revival style by Thomas Cobden for John Davidson Duckett.[2] The building incorporates a number of towers and turrets of varying shapes – round, square and octagonal.[3] One tall octagonal turret rises from the structure. Duckett’s Grove is elaborately ornamented with oriels and niches containing statues.[2] Several statues on pedestals surrounded the building and lined the approaches. The house is situated in the townland of Rainstown, approximately 10km from Carlow and 9km from Tullow, with the broader estate comprising several large townlands and parts of others.

Rare picture of Duckett's Grove before it was destroyed by fire

Following the departure of the Ducketts, the estate was managed by an agent until 1921, and was subsequently managed by local farmers, and later by the Land Commission.[4] The division and sale of the estate lands was completed by 1930. During the time the building was empty, it was used by the local IRA and its flying column.[5] The Duckett's Grove house was destroyed by fire in April 1933.[2] The cause of the fire has not been determined.[4]

Current use[edit]

In September 2005, Carlow County Council acquired Duckett's Grove and commenced with the restoration of two inter-connecting walled gardens. It was officially opened in September 2007 for use as a public park.[6]

The first of the gardens, the "Upper Walled Garden", was planted with historical varieties of shrub roses and a collection of Chinese and Japanese peonies. It is mainly planted with flowering shrubs including Echium, Watsonia, Acanthus, Daphniphyllum, Acradenia, Arbutus, Cornus, Iris, Eryngium, Beschorneria and ornamental bananas.[7]

Walled Gardens

The second garden, the "Lower Walled Garden", was once the site of the family old orchard, and now contains a variety of fruits, including figs and historical varieties of Irish apples. The borders were planted to contain a variety of shrubs and perennials.[7][8]

On 17 March 2011, Duckett’s Grove was featured in an episode of SyFy's show "Destination Truth" during a 4 hour live investigation special to find out if the ruins are haunted by a Banshee Ghost.[9]


  1. ^ Jackman, Neil. "Heritage Ireland: Who is this man with the frightfully fancy tomb?". The Journal. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Duckett’s Grove, Carlow". Abandoned Ireland. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "1830 – Duckett’s Grove, Carlow, Co. Carlow". Archiseek. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Duckett's Grove history". Carlow County Museum. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Murray, Daniel. "Bushwhacked: The Loss of the Carlow Flying Column, April 1921". The Irish Story. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Duckett's Grove gardens". Archived from the original on 1 March 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Duckett’s Grove". Carlow Tourism. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Duckett's grove walled gardens and pleasure grounds - Restoring the Gardens". Carlow Garden Trail. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Castle prepares for ghost hunters siege". Irish Examiner. 22 April 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 

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