Another day, another 'institution', Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow.

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A fairly typical manor house in rural Ireland is described as being "another Institution" in these archives! Given the way these things went when families were unable to pay for the upkeep of these houses and the countryside had become less welcoming the chances are that what was once a family home was snapped up by a religious order for - an Institution! But where is it and what was it used for?

Sharon.corbet quickly answered the first (where?) part of our question, identifying this as Fortgranite House, County Wicklow. Niall McAuley followed-up with an answer to the second (what?) part of our question. And advised that this probably wasn't an 'institution' when photographed, but the home of the Dennis family, who seem to have had an extensive military tradition in the family...

Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: between ca. 1900-1939

NLI Ref: EAS_3849

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    • 04/May/2017 07:27:56

    Fortgranite House?

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    • 04/May/2017 07:40:09

    Whatever else can be discovered about it, that's a lot of chimneys!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 04/May/2017 08:20:15

    Boy on a donkey! If you remember the story of Lieutenant Edmund Becher there is a little update on that image as below!

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    • 04/May/2017 08:46:49

    [] Yay!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/May/2017 08:59:01

    NIAH entry.

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    • 04/May/2017 09:08:46

    25" OSI.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/May/2017 09:19:10

    I think the "institution" reference is wrong. Per Turtle Bunbury's detailed history of the Dennis family, on general Meade Dennis: In 1945 he was awarded the Croix de Guerre (France), made CB and, like his father before him, became an Officer in the Legion of Honour. In that year he also succeeded to Fortgranite.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/May/2017 09:20:30

    And later: Piers and Gaby Dennis returned to Fortgranite on the death of Major General Dennis in 1965. Gaby died peacefully at home on December 5, 2014, followed by Piers on 19th January 2016. They are both buried at St Peter's Church, Kiltegan.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/May/2017 09:48:20

    The house in the 1911 census. The House and building return shows the owner as Major Dennis, although he is not in residence. The NIAH above says the last major work was in the 1870s, so the house today (or in this Eason photo) should be much the same as in 1911 when the household of Algernon and Cicely Gaisford occupied 24 rooms.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/May/2017 16:13:34

    Thanks all! Esp to and for confirmation of location and association of the house! Map/tags/etc all updated.

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    • 08/May/2017 08:56:08

    Google Maps today shows it looks exactly the same:,+Green+Lane,+Co.+Wi...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 30/May/2019 09:18:55

    The house was advertised for sale at €3.5 million in 2019.