King House, Boyle

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King House is a beautifully restored Georgian mansion with almost 300 years of history. First built in 1730 as the seat of the King family, a powerful landowning dynasty, the house later became a military barracks and recruiting depot for the famous Irish regiment of the British army, the Connaught Rangers.

At the end of the Civil War in 1923 the barracks passed into the control of the newly-formed Irish Free State army. It later became a merchant's store and was saved from demolition in the late 1980s and restored to its former Georgian style by Roscommon County Council.

The house is now open to the public as a museum bringing its history to life. It houses the Connaught Rangers museum and the Boyle Civic Art Collection while retaining many of its Georgian features.

A multi-disciplinary programme of arts events takes place in King House between April and September including elements of the ever-popular Boyle Arts Festival.
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  • While staying at at a local B&B Lough Key which I highly recomnend, I met a young man at breakfast who was curator for the King House art exhibit. Upon his invitation, I did visit this marvelous museu...  more »
  • We visited the place in paralel to a local art festival that took place in it. A lot of efforts spend in it to review the family that build and lived in.  more »
  • Brilliant, as always, Declan O'Rourke gig. Hosts v friendly and welcoming. Visited a great photographic exhibition next day. Great atmosphere at market on the grounds. There was plenty to do but our s...  more »

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