Ballysaggartmore Towers, Lismore

#7 of 17 in Historic Sites in County Waterford
Ballysaggartmore Towers are two ornate entrance lodges that are situated on the former Ballysaggartmore Demesne approx 2.5 kilometres from the town of Lismore in County Waterford, Ireland. The structures are considered architectural "follies".OriginsThey were constructed for an Anglo Irish Landlord, Arthur Keily-Ussher no later than 1834. He held an estate of approximately 8000 acres, the majority of which was rented to tenant farmers but he retained approximately 1000 acres as a personal demesne. The lodges were constructed on the main avenue leading to the family's residence; Ballysaggartmore House. The house itself was large but of a very plain design, which was in obvious contrast to the lodges. An account from 1834 indicates that a main house predated the lodges. This account also reports that they were built from designs by the head gardener; John Smyth and that the main entrance gates were forged locally for the sum of about £150.Folklore and follyLocal lore suggests that the grand entrance lodges were built as a prelude to an extravagant mansion that Keily-Ussher intended to build but never did as he ultimately ran out of funds due of their construction, and that his building pursuits were spurred on by his jealous wife who was envious of her sister in-law who lived at the stately Strancally Castle. However no contemporary account exists from the period.LegacyControversy surrounds Arthur Keily-Ussher. He has been accused of being a harsh landlord and evicting tenants who were unable to pay their rents during the Great Famine (1845-1849) and an attempt was made on his life during the period.
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  • Great place for photos. To the ruins leads well maintained path perfectly suitable for a walk with small children, also with these chariots:) At the end of the loop walking is the perfect place for a picnic and a small but very charming waterfall. Great experience-plan on the warmer months is-come back with a blanket and picnic basket:)
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  • Myself and my husband visited the Towers in Lismore today and the visit was beautiful and plenty of history to go with the visit. Well worth a visit.  more »
  • Just outside of Lismore is the perfect walk for a weekend outing. Plenty of parking just of the road. We started by taking the right hand side path up a slight gradient, upto the gate lodge built in 1...  more »
  • Beautiful place for a family walk. Sadly Ophelia huricane ripped of a lot of trees. I hope they fix that cause there's a way to a cascade blocked by a tree. But it's a place i have to know. You can picnic there too
  • A nice little walk in the forest with the beautiful tower.
  • Very peaceful and scenic walk.
  • Beautiful place. Easy walk. Bring wellies in the winter
  • It is a nice place for a walk. The full circle takes about an hour. The Towers are interesting - an architectural folly built in the woods.

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