When the Sun Comes Out

After our recent blizzards, a reminder of what Ireland can look like in the summer: Muckross, County Kerry. Here is the east front of the house designed by Scottish architect William Burn and built 1839-43 for Col. Henry Arthur Herbert whose family settled here in the second half of the 16th century. Famously Queen Victoria came to stay with the Herberts for two nights in August 1861: seemingly so much was spent preparing for this visit that the owners’ finances never recovered. In 1899 the estate was sold to Arthur Guinness, Lord Ardilaun whose wife was related to the Herberts. Later it was acquired by Californian mining magnate William Bowers Bourn who together with his son-in-law Arthur Vincent later presented the house and surrounding 11,000 acres to the Irish state. Muckross accordingly became Ireland’s first National Park.

3 comments on “When the Sun Comes Out

  1. Beautiful summer view1 I love Muckross House! How did you photograph it without hordes of tourists (and jarvies!) around it?

  2. The Prof says:

    How thoughtful (or cynical?) of the Irish Aesthete to publish some sunny, summer images as we continue to endure an Arctic spring, while he enjoys the balmy warmth of the sunshine state. Hope you packed the panama Robert, bon voyage!

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