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.
|Keywords(s)||Carriages & coaches, Castles, Horses, Lakes & ponds, Trees|
|Published / created||1839|
|Travel Account||Rambles in the South of Ireland|
|Print or manuscript|
|Location of image in copy||Vol. 2, p. 175|
|Source copy||James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland Galway Special Collections: 914.190481 CHA|
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]