Doomed Inheritance

Next weekend marks the centenary of the destruction of Mitchelstown Castle, County Cork, the biggest country house burnt in Ireland during the War of Independence/Civil War. Designed by siblings James and George Pain, the castle was built in the 1820s for George King, third Earl of Kingston who demolished the previous Palladian house on the site; Lord Kingston specifically required that it be bigger than any other such property in the country. Alas, less than 100 years later it was looted and destroyed, and the site then cleared: a milk-processing plant now stands on the site. To commemorate the events of 1922, Doomed Inheritance, a conference on the destruction of Mitchelstown Castle and other such buildings during that troubled period of Irish history will be held in Mitchelstown, at which the Irish Aesthete will be giving a paper ‘The Ruined Big House: Perception and Reality.’ Further information on the conference can be found here: Doomed Inheritance History Conference Tickets, Fri 12 Aug 2022 at 19:00 | Eventbrite

3 comments on “Doomed Inheritance

  1. David H Davison says:

    That is the best picture of the castle I have seen. It usually looks isolated and gaunt.

  2. Mairtin D'Alton says:

    Have you read Bill Power’s excellent book on the Subject; ‘White Knights and Dark LEarls ?’ He received a lot of slanderous abuse from scoundrels masquerading as patriots when he concluded that the burning of the castle was to conceal the looting of the place during its occupancy in the Civil War

  3. jenjunebug says:

    Aww, I am sorry to miss this!

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