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Castle Coole in County Fermanagh

Photo taken by Mary Niblett





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Visit to Castle Coole in County Fermanagh

On a recent visit to the North West of Ireland, we visited Castle Coole in County Fermanagh. This is an 18th Century ‘Mansion in a Meadow’ which was built for the first Earl of Belmory. The title originates from the original landscaping overlooking Lough Coole. The Castle stands as one of the finest examples of neo-classical architecture in Ireland. The visit comprised of a conducted tour which introduced us to the craftsmanship of the early 1800s. For example, the symmetry and mathematical precision of design, to the degree of false doors being built into the walls.

A model of the Ospey was on display, which was the sailing ship used by the family for a grand tour of the Mediterranean. We were conducted through each of the living areas down to the basement to the servant quarters which were very removed from the lavish style of upstairs living.

Mary Niblett








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