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Straffan House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare in all its glory. A really fine-looking building and apparently with some construction/repair work going on. In a lovely area of the county, with several very fine houses nearby, Straffan House must have been a jewel in the crown. But what is it like today?

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1865-1914

NLI Ref: L_CAB_07016

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    derangedlemur

    • 21/Dec/2020 08:28:30

    Modelled on Amiens street station, perhaps, or Tara street fire station?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Dec/2020 08:29:53

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] And just as comfortable?

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    suckindeesel

    • 21/Dec/2020 08:38:05

    Still there, as the K Club www.buildingsofireland.ie/buildings-search/building/11809...

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    suckindeesel

    • 21/Dec/2020 08:47:05

    Both are "Italianate" in inspiration. Google Earth Link earth.app.goo.gl/941uca #googleearth

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    cargeofg

    • 21/Dec/2020 09:37:05

    Was the building work for the addition of the weathervane?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 21/Dec/2020 09:38:05

    I can smell frillyitus! Someone had a lot of cash to spend on things which were hardly visible on the roof. Earlier or later that same day? - L_ROY_06286 - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000043457 "Renovated and truncated, c. 1937", says the NIAH site (link above). That is an understatement! The right hand two-thirds of this facade went. See August 1955 aerial view - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000735233

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 21/Dec/2020 09:42:21

    Were the workmen putting up an extremely elaborate frillyitus weathervane (also megazoomable in the 1955 aerial photo above) - goo.gl/maps/Crv1vVa1BdpqZ54P8 [Ed. - Snap @ [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/] ]

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 21/Dec/2020 09:56:49

    [Complete Aside!] Delightful photo of Mr O'Dea eating lunch at the signal box in Straffan!! - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000306339

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 21/Dec/2020 10:25:49

    "The distinctive mansard roof of Straffan House and its mirror image extension built by Michael Straffan have the Gironde written on every tile. It is deliberate. Twenty years after the house was built by the Barton family in 1831 the stacks were raised and embellished in a French style based on chateau at Louveciennes." See this history of the Bartons and Straffan House - www.kildare.ie/ehistory/index.php/the-bartons-of-straffan...

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    John Spooner

    • 21/Dec/2020 10:31:51

    An article in the Dublin Evening Post on 2nd September 2009, on the history of the Liffey Descent, lists some owners

    Other problems occurred when Strathearn house went through a series of owners. When it was decided to start the race above Straffan weir, Donald Cromer and Tony Martin were delegated to approach Kevin McClory, producer of the Bond films who had bought Strathearn house. "Our mission was to get permission to use the grounds. When the door opened we couldn't believe it. McClory had a bar in the hall of the house. We left at about 2 a.m. paralytic." Among the succeeding owners was Nadar Djabani. of the Iranian Air Force. When the shah was toppled, he returned to Iran and was executed. "We all signed a petition not to have him executed, for all the good it did" says Martin. Paddy Gallagher later bought the house and went bankrupt. Finally the Jefferson Smurfit group acquired it and successfully turned it into the K Club.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 21/Dec/2020 10:46:37

    More owners and tittle-tattle - "Brought up at Straffan from the age of four [1904], Derick could recall a thriving community of twenty people living in the house, sixteen of whom were paid servants. At least the thirty bedrooms were put to good use. Right up to the outbreak of the Great War in 1914, no less than five separate meals were served four times a day - to the family, the nursery, the schoolroom, the house-keeper’s room and, finally, the servant’s hall. At the annual hunt ball at Straffan House, Mrs Lilian Barton decided the flowers in the house did not match her evening dress. And so, like Louis XIV at Versailles, the flowers were changed." See - www.turtlebunbury.com/history/history_family/hist_family_... The Bartons were bull shippers to Australia! - 1911 - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/88688806

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    John Spooner

    • 21/Dec/2020 12:48:56

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia "renovated and truncated" - possibly necessary as a result of this: "Straffan House has now been stripped of its roof and will thus escape both rates and taxes." (Leinster Leader - Saturday 15 April 1939)

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 21/Dec/2020 19:56:09

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner That would have to be one of the worst ever tax avoidance schemes!

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    John Spooner

    • 21/Dec/2020 20:03:20

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia The quote was from a politician who was against the heavy rates and described the view of roofless house from Straffan Bridge. I suspect he might have been spinning it to make a political point when really all he saw was the roof renovation in progress.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Dec/2020 22:10:31

    The Bartons were bull shippers to Australia! https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia I'm very glad you didn't hit a typo there!

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    cargeofg

    • 22/Dec/2020 18:34:54

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia I second that or you would have been in it with the Mary's https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 22/Dec/2020 19:27:03

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Sorry Miss Mary! Somepimes my comtuper geps confused! 🐂 🚢

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 23/Dec/2020 07:15:50

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia We have dispensed with naughty list this year!