Derrynane House

Derrynane House (Irish: Teach Dhoire Fhionáin) was the home of Irish politician and statesman, Daniel O'Connell.[1] It is now an National Monument and part of a 320-acre (1.3 km²) national historic park. The house is located on the Iveragh peninsula on the Ring of Kerry near the village of Derrynane in County Kerry, Ireland (3.5 km from Caherdaniel.[2]

Derrynane House
Teach Dhoire Fhionáin
Derrynane House 2018-08-03 - 1.jpg
South facing facade
Derrynane House is located in Ireland
Derrynane House
Location in Ireland
General information
StatusMuseum
TypeHouse
LocationCounty Kerry
CountryIreland
Coordinates51°45′49″N 10°07′44″W / 51.76361°N 10.12889°W / 51.76361; -10.12889Coordinates: 51°45′49″N 10°07′44″W / 51.76361°N 10.12889°W / 51.76361; -10.12889
Construction started1825
Completed1844
Renovated1967
Website
derrynanehouse.ie

Derrynane House is the ancestral home of Daniel O'Connell, lawyer, politician and statesman. Situated on 120 hectares of parklands on the Kerry coast, the house displays relics of O'Connell's life and career. Guided tours of the house are available on request, along with a visual presentation. Access for visitors with disabilities is limited to the ground floor.[2]

HistoryEdit

While the O'Connell family had previous associations with the area, it was Daniel O'Connell's grandparents, Domhnall Mór Ó Conaill and Máire Ní Dhonnchadha Dhuibh, who built or extended the house in the 1700s.[3] The oldest part of the house, built in 1702, was demolished in 1967 for safety reasons during the restoration work. Daniel O'Connell built the two-storey south wing facing the sea and the library wing to the east in 1825, the oldest surviving part of the house. The chapel was added in 1844 and was modelled on the ruined monastery chapel of Derrynane (Ahamore) Abbey on nearby Abbey Island. Restoration work was completed in 1967, when the house was officially opened to the public as a museum by the then president Éamon de Valera.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Derrynane House". Heritage Ireland. Archived from the original on 15 February 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Derrynane House". Archived from the original on 12 March 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2009.
  3. ^ NÍ Úrdail, Meidhbhín (2009). "Ní Dhonnchadha Dhuibh, Máire". In McGuire, James; Quinn, James (eds.). Dictionary of Irish Biography. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  4. ^ "Archaeological Survey Database SMR No KE106-074". National Monuments Service. Retrieved 31 January 2015.

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