Monday 5 December 2016

Why I'm selling historic Lissadell House

Josslyn Gore-Booth

Published 23/05/2003 | 00:11

LISSADELL House was built in the 1830s by Sir Robert Gore-Booth in the Greek Revival style. It was the childhood home of Constance Markievicz and of her sister Eva Gore-Booth, who were contemporaries of W. B. Yeats, sharing his interest in the Celtic Revival.

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LISSADELL House was built in the 1830s by Sir Robert Gore-Booth in the Greek Revival style. It was the childhood home of Constance Markievicz and of her sister Eva Gore-Booth, who were contemporaries of W. B. Yeats, sharing his interest in the Celtic Revival. It is one of a small number of country houses that is still in the occupation of the family that built it and that retains its historically associated contents.

Lissadell has been my responsibility since the mid 1970s, and while my aunt and my father were still alive and occupying the house, I was preoccupied with the need to keep a roof over their heads. In so far as I gave the matter much thought, I presumed that I would eventually have no alternative but to sell the estate.

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