Drumcar House

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Drumcar House
Drumcar House is located in Ireland
Drumcar House
General information
TypeHistoric house
Architectural styleGeorgian
AddressNear Drumcar, Ardee, Dunleer, County Louth, Leinster
Coordinates53°51′0″N 6°23′5″W / 53.85000°N 6.38472°W / 53.85000; -6.38472Coordinates: 53°51′0″N 6°23′5″W / 53.85000°N 6.38472°W / 53.85000; -6.38472
OwnerMcClintock family

Drumcar House (later: St. Mary's Hospital; currently: Saint John of God Residence) is a manor house in the historical parish of Drumcar in the barony of Ardee, 1 mile (1.6 km) northeast of Dunleer, County Louth, Leinster, Ireland. The house was built in 1777.[1] It was home to the McClintock family from then to the 1940s, stemming from Alexander McClintock (1692–1775).[2] One of its best known owners was John McClintock (1770–1855), a magistrate for County Louth, and formerly Serjeant at Arms in the Irish House of Commons, who was known to be occupying the estate in 1805 and until his death.[3] The house was sold in about 1903 by The 2nd Baron Rathdonnell to his cousin, Frank McClintock (1853–1924), Rector of Drumcar and Dean of Armagh.[4]

In 1948, it became St. Mary's Hospital, a colony for the mentally ill. Still later, it was converted to Saint John of God Residence, a hospital/infirmary.[5]

The building is now registered with the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (Reg. No. 13901503).[5]

Architecture and fittings[edit]

The elegant white Georgian mansion was originally large and rectangular, three storeys over a basement. It was two rooms deep split by a large central hall. A shallow hipped roof was hidden behind a cornice. There was a blocking course that included chimneystacks. The entrance front had five bay windows. The original building had a simple tripartite doorcase that was set in a shallow relieving arch, as well as single-storey walls with built-in niches and sunken panels. These joined the main block and included a pedimented carriage arch on each side.[1] The 1837 Topographical Dictionary of Ireland described it as "the seat of J. McClintock, Esq., an elegant mansion, beautifully situated in an extensive and richly wooded demesne, commanding a fine view of the Carlingford and Mourne mountains and the sea."[6] The view extends to Dundalk Bay.[1]

A mid-19th century expansion included a four-columned Doric porch and balcony. Also moulded window surrounds and changes to the ground-floor windows occurred at this time. A later expansion added two-storey, three-bay wings. Another renovation added Mansard roofs.[1]

The interior was entirely remodelled by Kelly & Jones when Drumcar House became St. Mary's Hospital, a colony for the mentally ill, in 1948.[1] The conversion and extension cost approximately £360,000.[7]

A plaque on the portico commemorates 50 years of residence by Saint John of God brothers.[5]

The grounds are large and there are a number of single-storey buildings for accommodation and clinics.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e Casey, Christine; Rowan, Alistair John (1993). North Leinster: the counties of Longford, Louth, Meath and Westmeath. Yale University Press. pp. 250–. ISBN 978-0-14-071085-4. Retrieved 23 May 2011.
  2. ^ Burke, John (1847). Burke's genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry. H. Colburn. p. 793. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  3. ^ Urban, Sylvanus (1805). The Gentleman's magazine. F. Jefferies. p. 384. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  4. ^ Bunbury, Turtle. "McClintock of Drumcar". turtlebunbury.com. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  5. ^ a b c d "Saint John of God Residence, County Louth". buildingsofireland.ie. National Inventory of Architecttural Heritage. Retrieved 23 May 2011.
  6. ^ "DRUMCAR". From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, a publication now in the Public Domain. 1837. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  7. ^ "CO. LOUTH, DRUMCAR, ST MARY'S HOSPITAL". Dictionary of Irish Architects. Retrieved 23 May 2011.

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