In 1716 the Cork-born Anglican cleric Edward Synge was appointed Archbishop of Tuam, County Galway, holding the office until his death in 1741. At some time during this period, he built a new archiepiscopal palace which to this day remains the largest and most prominent building in the town. Of three storeys over basement and of seven bays, the centre three forming an entrance breakfront, the house was set amidst gardens that to the rear ran down to the river Nanny. Its most significant external feature is the main doorcase, of cut limestone with fluted Ionic pilasters beneath a pediment. The palace was seemingly vacated in the 1950s; it now serves as the adjunct to a local supermarket.
What a sad fate for such a building. I dread to think how the interior has been treated.
Ghastly carbuncle, that supermarket.
The bishop’s palace gardens were destroyed a few years ago (2011) In order to create an access road to this supermarket car park, a development paid for in part by the supermarket owner. Also destroyed during this ‘development’ were the amazingly well preserved remains of (18th century?) Garvey’s Mill, wheel pits, cobbled yard, walls, vaulted stream channels etc demolished during heritage week of that year. Disgusting.