Galtee Castle

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Galtee Castle
GalteeCastle.JPG
Drawing of castle c.1895
Location Skeheenarinky, County Tipperary, Ireland.
Coordinates 52°19′18″N 08°10′26″W / 52.32167°N 8.17389°W / 52.32167; -8.17389Coordinates: 52°19′18″N 08°10′26″W / 52.32167°N 8.17389°W / 52.32167; -8.17389
Built 18th and 19th century
Built for Earl of Kingston
Demolished 1941
Galtee Castle is located in Ireland
Galtee Castle
Location of Galtee Castle in Ireland

Galtee Castle was a mansion that was situated on the foothills of the Galtee Mountains at Skeheenarinky in County Tipperary, Ireland approximately 10 km. from Mitchelstown.

Origins[edit]

The original structure was built as a hunting lodge for the 2nd Earl of Kingston around 1780. The 3rd Earl further remodeled it (c.1825).[1]

In the 1850s, the Kingstons were forced to sell off vast amounts of their landed estate due to debts, including the lodge and approximately 20,000 acres (81 km2)surrounding it.[2] This became a new estate, the majority of which remained leased to tenant farmers.

The building was remodeled and expanded c.1892 when its new owner Abel Buckley inherited the estate from his brother Nathaniel, he had previously purchased sole ownership in 1873.[3]

Destruction[edit]

The Land Commission; a government agency, acquired the demesne and house in the late 1930s, after allocating the land between afforestation and farmers, the house was offered for sale. The commission accepted an offer from Fr. Tobin of Glanworth Co. Cork. He wished to use the stone and the slates to build a new church in his parish. The building was thus torn down and dismantled c.1941.[4]

Today very little is left on the site of the former house; some of the lower base foundations are all that remain. Nearby are some estate cottages and two gate houses. The woods and trails around the site have been developed as a public amenity area known as Galtee Castle Woods.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Power,Bill; White Knights, Dark Earls: The Rise and Fall of an Anglo-Irish Dynasty. pub. Collins (2000)
  2. ^ Report of the arguments in the Court of Queen's Bench on showing cause against the conditional order for a criminal information against John Sarsfield Casey at the prosecution of Patten Smith Bridge : with the judgements of the judges, [25 November-19 December 1876], Central Tenants Defence Committee, Dublin (1877)
  3. ^ Report of the arguments in the Court of Queen's Bench on showing cause against the conditional order for a criminal information against John Sarsfield Casey at the prosecution of Patten Smith Bridge : with the judgments of the judges, [25 November-19 December 1876], Central Tenants Defence Committee, Dublin (1877)
  4. ^ O'Dwyer,Frederick; 'A Noble Pile in the Late Tudor Style': Mitchelstown Castle', Irish Arts Review Yearbook, Vol. 18, (2002)

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