Restoration Drama

The entrance hall of Moyglare, County Kildare. The estate of which it was originally part was bought in 1737 by John Arabin, a Huguenot from Dublin City: he paid £10,729 8s 8d for the property. It is believed that his son Henry Arabin built the core of the present house around 1764 but some changes were made in the early 1820s. In more recent times Moyglare underwent further modifications when it served as an hotel but a few years ago the house passed into new ownership and has since undergone a programme of sensitive restoration, returning it to use as a family home. I shall be speaking of this building, along with a number of others, next Friday, September 23rd at 1pm in a free talk called ‘Restoration Drama: Bringing Irish Houses Back to Life’ at the Royal Dublin Society, Dublin as part of this year’s Irish Antique Dealers’ Fair. For more information, see


3 comments on “Restoration Drama

  1. Andrew McCarthy says:

    What amazing photos. Lovely to see such a house still well cared for and kept in good condition. Would that there were more houses in Ireland given this level of love and attention.

  2. Kelly says:

    that hallway is exquisite!

  3. Finola says:

    Wish I could have been there for the talk. Hope to catch one of your talks some time.

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