The Replacement


The façade of Churchtown, County Kerry. This house replaced nearby Castle Corr (see last Wednesday) as a residence for the McGillycuddy family, and may have been built in part using stone from that now-ruined building. In 1717 Dennis McGillycuddy married Anne Blennerhassett and Churchtown subsequently passed into the possession of her family, remaining with them until the second half of the 19th century when bought by forebears of the present owners (who now offer it as a holiday let). Believed to date from 1740, building is slate-fronted on its southern side and this was also the case with the now-rendered, five-bay façade, plain other than the cut limestone doorcase.

2 comments on “The Replacement

  1. teresastokes says:

    Anne McGillycuddy nee Blennerhassett was my 7th great aunt!

  2. deb t. sena says:

    I looked up Churchtown after your other article and fantasized about renting it, need to get all the relatives to go. As I always do – perusing the for sale – in hope of finding a gem, found one today. Harmony Hall Glasson, Westmeath is for sale. Gorgeous Georgian details! I hope it finds a good/respectful new owner and life.

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