This fairytale castle in Co. Carlow looks more like a child's dream than a mature person's reality. Lines of statues leading to a door guarded by armoured spear bearers. All this was bound to deter the faint hearted!
As attested by the contributions on this image (and the associatied Wikipedia article
), while the main structure of Duckett's Grove remains, the statues and interiors do not. Home to the Duckett family for several hundred years, it was never fully occupied following their departure in 1916 - and the main building was destroyed by fire in 1933. While the interiors were never redeveloped, some life has returned to the place - with events, tourism and gardens that form part of the Carlow Garden Trail
Photographer: Robert French
Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection
Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914
NLI Ref: L_CAB_02553
You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie
Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
Duckett's Grove in wikipedia.
aka Duckett's Grove, in Kneestown, Carlow.
NIAH entry. DIA entry. OSI [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] The OSI seems to have it just over the border into Rainestown.
maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,679939,679141,11,9 Streetview 2009
Congratulation for your beautiful Album.
Fantastic, it is such a shame that they never restored it.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet Rainestown - the "town of the bracken". How lovely.
From that wiki article: Due to the Duckett's good treatment of their tenants and employees over the years, the interiors and furniture were left intact upon the IRA's departure from the house. Not what I expect to read when looking up a burnt-out Big House! Good for the Ducketts!
There appears to be a statue of an Ewok between the windows to our right of the door (noted).
William and Marie Duckett in the 1901 census, which also tells the house has 50 Windows in Front
In 1911, Marie was living on Raglan Road, with 2 Italian footmen, a groom and 2 maids.
I went there at halloween, having found this picture in the catalogue while looking for something else. It's still largely intact (one observation I received being "that's not heritage, it's still standing!") and there are craft vendors in the outbuildings. I was surprised it hadn't been rebuilt as a hotel during the tiger years. It's probably nice enough in summer, but in october I had to go on to Oak Park to find enough entertainment to justify buns.
What an amazing house and collection of statues. Even DOG statues! At top left are figures of a lady in a bonnet, a man in a top hat, and a big bird, seen better in - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000337297
I prefer Ducat's! It has the sound of money about it!
Flickr is sometimes amazing - in 2011 via [https://www.flickr.com/photos/edwarddullardphotography/] [https://www.flickr.com/photos/edwarddullardphotography/5841376069/] Heaps of good photos of the place on Flickr - www.flickr.com/search/?text=ducketts%20grove
Droneview !! - youtu.be/f23JAbkEhvw Banshee !! - youtu.be/kiTMrfYWblM
Visited perhaps 6 years ago. Still immediately recognisable. I remember reading about its destruction at the time - and noting that it happened a full decade after the other reprisal/civil war style incidents of the 20s. I also remember noting how many empty recesses there were - I hadn't expected that they were *all* populated with statues. Clearly though they were. As https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] mentions, there's no access to the interior, but the walk through the walled gardens and wooded area to the rear is nice. I don't remember the "courtyard tea rooms" being open/extant when we went.
It's a lovely building all right. I can never see that kind of architecture, though, without thinking of the film Kind Hearts and Coronets and Lord Ascoigne D'Ascoigne. All it needs is a mote.
When I saw that the Dublin Daily Express had reported on Duckett v Duckett in 1911, I was expecting a juicy divorce, but I was wrong, it was a dispute over cutting down trees on the Duckett's Grove estate.
More Duckett litigation. Leinster Leader - Saturday 24 June 1939.
The Belfast News-Letter report of the 1933 fire says that the previous week the owners had "been in touch with some London speculators wishing to buy an Irish mansion as a cinema studio. "
The Wikipedia article has a version of this image. Which is attributed to Carlow County Museum. Interestingly, that version (though otherwise seemingly identical) doesn't seem to have the "cut out" sky or fake/cut-out flag. If it's the same image, I wonder if Carlow County Museum have a date for it.
Main heading misspelts folks its Duckett's :)