I am so busy at the moment that it’s really hard to find time to take pictures. Luckily, I have some film shots from earlier this summer to post.
Are you wondering where does this magnificent line avenue lead to?
Well, it leads to Castletown House – the most celebrated Palladian style mansion in Ireland.
The House was built in the 1720s by William Conolly, who later became an important political figure, and re-invigorated in the late 18th century by his grand nephew Tom and his wife Lady Louisa Lennox.
The facade was designed by the Italian architect Alessandro Galilei, while the Irish architect Sir Edward Lovett Pearce added the wings that used to contain the kitchens on one side and the stables on the other.
When I visited the inside I was allowed to take some photographs but not as many as I would have loved to and that because… I had reached the end of the roll! Even so I managed to take a couple of pictures of the elegant Staircase Hall
and of the Print Room.
This room is very important because it is the only fully intact 18th century print room left in Ireland. During Lady Louisa’s time it became popular for ladies to collect their favourite prints and then arrange and paste them on to the walls of a chosen room. In short, it was a kind of scrapbook!
Because the house is surrounded by a two hundred acres of parkland I didn’t have the time to explore the first time, I’m thinking of taking advantage of the Antique and Vintage Fair that will be held there in August to go back, walk the grounds and… take more photographs, of course.
Until then, I will leave you with this image of the blond baby girl running in the field. Can you see her, can’t you?
Camera: Canon EOS 300
Film: Kodak Ektachrome EPP 100
Location: Celbridge, Co. Kildare