In a Sorry (es)State

According to an entry in, this building ‘gives strong architectural definition to its context, and forms a landmark at a crossroads on the main Virginia-Cavan Road.’ Dating from c.1870, the house was probably built for estate workers employed by the Marquess of Headfort whose former lodge lies not far away.

The building is particularly interesting because although looking like a single house from the front, it actually contained four residences, each with its own entrance. Given such a prominent position on the main road from the north into Virginia, County Cavan and the property’s historic associations its ongoing neglect is regrettable.

6 comments on “In a Sorry (es)State

  1. Julian Humphreys says:

    Yet again you identify another minor gem which will possibly be left to fall down by its uncaring owner, and no doubt few will mourn its passing…

  2. Hibernophile says:


    Belated congratulations on your latest publication. As anticipated, it is superbly well researched and written, handsomely illustrated, charged with factual and fascinating historical sketches of the houses and many colourful and unfettered individuals.

    As I am sure you know it received a glowing review in last weeks Country Life (high praise indeed, as critics can be unapologetically harsh).

    I continue to be illuminated and enlivened by your thrice weekly posts.

    With every good wish,


  3. Tim Guilbride says:

    A building with such a specific arrangement would be a wonderful heritage/sheltered housing initiative, a good way to encourage older people to ‘downsize’ without sacrificing the character of their homes.

  4. Kathleen McCabe says:

    It was used as the old fever hospital

  5. Old Virginian says:

    Yes, I am originally from the area and it was referred to locally as the “Old Hospital”. The last people to occupy that house were a Farrelly family (2 bachelors) that may be related to the first chairwoman of Cumann naBan. I remember as a child visiting that house with my father, probably around 1970. It was probably inhabited as late as 2000 or so.

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