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Lissadell House, Sligo

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Lissadell House is a neo-classical Greek revivalist style country house, located in County Sligo, Ireland.The house was built between 1830 to 1835, and inhabited from 1833 onwards, for Sir Robert Gore-Booth, 4th Baronet (1784-1835) by London architect Francis Goodwin. In 1876, Sir Robert left the house and surrounding estate to his son, Sir Henry Gore-Booth, 5th Baronet.ArchitectureDescribed as "austere in the extreme" Lissadell house is a Greek Revival style detached nine-bay, two-storey over basement mansion, the last one in this style to be built in Ireland. Constructed of Ballysadare limestone with finely jointed ashlar walling. An entrance front is on the north with a three-bay pedimented central projection, originally open to east and west to form porte-cochere.Prior to its sale in 2003 Lissadell was the only house in Ireland to retain its original Williams & Gibton furniture which was made especially for the house and designed to harmonise with Goodwin's architectural vision.Lissadell's was the first country house in Ireland to have an independent gas supply piped into the property.LocationThe house is located on the south shore of Magherow peninsula in northern County Sligo over looking Drumcliff bay. It is in the townland of Lissadell South, the Barony of Carbury formerly the túath of Cairbre Drom Cliabh. The house takes its name from the Irish placename, Lios an Doill Uí Dálaigh or O'Dalys Court of the Blind, possibly referring to the O Daly school of poetry that existed here in the 13th century.
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  • I didn't know anything about Lissadell House or Constance Markiewicz before my visit so had few expectations, and found the tour fascinating. Our guide was incredible; he made history come to life. It...  more »
  • The Cassidy family should be congratulated for bringing Lissadell House back to life. The tour shows the work they have put in to restore this national treasure. The tour, which is the only way to see...  more »
  • Quirky, informative and fascinating place. Excellent knowlegable local guide provided thorough house and family history set in political/historical time without the often anodine gloss of other statel...  more »