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Irish Lace, County Fermanagh

A recent article in Ireland of the Welcomes magazine about Irish lace lamented that there is no “dedicated textile museum where collections can be viewed.” But in a sleepy little town near Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh is the extravagant Sheelin Lace Museum. Layer upon layer of antique Irish lace is artistically showcased among elegant displays of jewelry, embroidery, feathers, […]

The Remains of Castlesaunderson: Castlesaunderson Demesne, Co Cavan/Fermanagh

The once grand estate is in the hands of the Cavan County Council and home to the Boy Scouts of Ireland’s new €3 million complex. The grounds include a church and cemetery with plots for the Saunderson family and the ruins of the 1840s castle. The castle had been open as a hotel, but was […]

Duckett’s Grove: Rainstown, Co Carlow

Built in 1830, Duckett’s Grove’s “Castellated Gothic Revival Style” puts it squarely in the storybook castle category. In recent years, the old walled garden has been restored, and some of the out buildings have been turned into a tea room as well as work areas and shops for local artists. 2012 saw the opening of […]

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