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Located in County Offaly, in the Midlands of Ireland, Charleville Castle stands as a testament to both architectural grandeur and historical significance.

 

Situated near the Shannon River, this magnificent castle is surrounded by ancient primordial oak woods.

The Rt. Honble.

Catherine Maria (Dawson ) Bury

Countess of Charleville

by Hamilton, Hugh Douglas

The story of Charleville Castle begins in 1798, when Charles William Bury, Earl of Charleville, under the inspiration of his artistic partner, Lady Catherine Maria Bury, developed her initial paper sketches into grandiose plans. With the expertise of Francis Johnston, one of Ireland's leading architects, the castle took shape.

Francis Johnston

by Henry Meyer

Designed in the Gothic-revival style, Charleville Castle is widely regarded as the finest example of such architecture in the country.

 

Its imposing presence and "Tin Soldier Fortress" appearance were inspired by the celebration of Britain's victory over the third French revolutionary expedition to Ireland, marking a pivotal moment in history.

Over the course of fourteen years, Irish craftsmen poured their talents and labour into the construction of this Gothic dream.

 

Their efforts brought to life  a monument to their resilience and dedication.

In 1798, Charleville Castle became the vision of Charles William Bury and Lady Catherine Marie Charleville.

 

The castle's construction was entrusted to Sir Francis Johnston, who had also designed notable structures such as the General Post Office and the Chapel Royal in Dublin.

 

However, as time passed, the castle fell into disuse and neglect. It remained uninhabited from 1912, enduring the difficult years of the Independence War and the subsequent economic severity.

 

By 1968, the castle had lost its roof, becoming a part of the fading memories of "Vanishing Ireland."

Fortunately, in 1971, the restoration efforts commenced under the initiative of Michael McMullen, followed by the contributions of Constance Heavy-Seaquist and Bridget 'Bonnie' Vance.

 

Today, the Charleville Castle Heritage Trust diligently oversees the restoration and sustainable conservation of this remarkable structure.

Charleville Castle stands as a symbol of Ireland's rich history, architectural brilliance, and the enduring spirit of its people.

 

It invites visitors to step into the past, immersing themselves in a world where artistry, craftsmanship, and the whispers of ancient woods converge.

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