[Dromoland Castle]

View of Dromoland castle set on rising ground, with Dromoland Lough in the foreground, framed by trees. A coach-and-four, with driver and attendant, approaching the castle.

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Subject(s) Architecture, Nature
Geographical Location
  • Dromoland Castle - Castle
  • Clare - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Carriages & coaches, Castles, Horses, Lakes & ponds, Trees
Colour Monochrome
Published / created 1839

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Rambles in the South of Ireland
Contributor(s)
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy Vol. 2, p. 175
Source copy James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland Galway Special Collections: 914.190481 CHA
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Related text from travel account

On Saturday we proceeded to Dromoland. It
 is a splendid abode, now nearly finished, and 
offers that phenomenon in Ireland, or indeed in
 any country, a magnificent place erected without ruining the possessor. Sir Lucius O'Brien lives there 
in a style of hospitable splendour, which does 
credit to his good taste and kind heart: the [p. 174] rich 
are welcome, and the poor taken care of. In 
both these agreeable employments he has an able
 assistant in his interesting wife. The comfortable cottages which on all sides may be seen without the walls of the park, bear testimony to the
 goodness and liberality of their landlord. The 
castle contains some good pictures, and many interesting portraits of this ancient family.

In the entrance hall is one of their great 
ancestor, the celebrated king Brian Boroihme.
 The upper gallery is full of these interesting
 memorials of bygone days; and the present 
possessor of Dromoland has placed them in richly carved frames, which accord admirably with the 
florid and beautiful architecture of the building.
There are two by Sir Peter Lely, of Lord 
Clarendon, and his daughter, the Duchess of
 York.

In the dining-room is a large full-length portrait of Queen Anne. It was a present from her 
Majesty to the family here, whose cousin she was, Sir Donat O'Brien having married the daughter of 
Mr. and Lady — Kitely, who was the daughter
 of the first Lord Clarendon. Mr Kitely came
 into Ireland, as Lord Treasurer to the 
Earl of Clarendon, and his brother-in-
law, who [p. 175] was Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland.
 Thus the O'Briens, independent of their Irish
 descent from the Kings of Munster, are nobly
 connected. We had some delightful rambles 
among the woods and beautiful grounds which 
surround Dromoland. The woodcut which is
 inserted here, is a view of the western front of 
the castle.
[Image: Dromoland Castle]
The following is a literal translation of a poem
 which was addressed to a former Lady O'Brien,
 by a friar who resided at Quin Abbey, and was
 in the habit of visiting at Dromoland.

This lady was remarkable for her beauty and
 attractions; and the monk, in his touching and
 [p. 176] poetical appeal, powerfully reminds her how soon
 her graces and earthly advantages must have an 
end. [Vol. 2, p. 173-1766] [Followed by long vanitas poem]
Dromoland Castle