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The Irish Country House

The Knight of Glin, James Peill

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An atmospheric portrayal of ten remarkable residences that have survived the vicissitudes of Ireland’s history and are still in the hands of their original families


The Irish Country House takes the reader on an intimate tour of a remarkable group of Irish houses and castles.

These wonderful homes are not the instant creation of trendy decorators – they have evolved over generations, furnished with heirlooms and cherished hand-me-downs, and exuding the unmistakeable scent of peat fires.

Evocative, specially commissioned photographs show inviting living rooms and tousled bedrooms, print-lined hallways and well-trampled mudrooms. Details capture the distinctive personalities of the owners: a red silk bell-pull against green floral wallpaper, a drawer full of two-hundred-year-old love letters, the curve of a wonderfully carved antique chair.

In their delightful text, the Knight of Glin and James Peill tell the tales of some of the more colourful inhabitants of these homes, past and present.

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'Packed with beautiful pictures, this page-turner allows us all to dream… superb'
Irish Times

'A vivid picture of a unique culture … With so many excellent photographs … this is an unrivalled opportunity to tour some of Ireland’s most atmospheric houses - all well-lived in, well-loved and still family owned'
Country Life

'Country-house porn of the sweetest, most insinuating kind'
The World of Interiors

'Brilliantly photographed … The houses and their contents illustrate family histories: they thrill, shock and enliven us through love letters, mud rooms, a basement shrine, unusual wallpaper, antique furniture, hand-me-downs and much else besides'
The Irish Sunday Independent

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 28.0 x 21.0 cm

Extent: 192 pp

Illustrations: 222

Publication date: 19 December 2011

ISBN: 9780500290224

Contents List

Introduction • Birr Castle, County Offaly • Huntington Castle, County Carlow • Killruddery, County Wicklow • Burtown House, County Kildare • Tarbert House, County Kerry • Killadoon, County Kildare Glin Castle, County Limerick • Clandeboye, County Down • Tullynally, County Westmeath • Lisnavagh, County Carlow

About the Author

Desmond FitzGerald, Knight of Glin (1937–2011), was President of the Irish Georgian Society and a Governor of the National Gallery of Ireland.

James Peill is the curator of Goodwood House in West Sussex, England. He is the co-author of The Irish Country House.

James Fennell’s photographs have appeared in many books. They range from candid portraits of Ireland’s vanishing traditions and characters, to capturing the unique legacy of history and magnificence of some of Britain’s finest properties.

List of Contributors

James Fennell