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Tuesday 13 November 2018

Cork castle sells for €2m

Dripsey Castle on 110ac in Co Cork sold by private treaty before Christmas for an estimated €2m
Dripsey Castle on 110ac in Co Cork sold by private treaty before Christmas for an estimated €2m
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Dripsey Castle on 110ac in Co Cork sold by private treaty before Christmas for an estimated €2m. The property was bought by an overseas customer in a transaction handled by Ganly Walters and European and Southern Auctioneers, Cork.

Described by Charles Erwin of Ganly Walters as a magnificent Georgian estate, Dripsey Castle is located 23km from Cork, 3.3 km northeast of Coachford village and 2.5 km northwest of Dripsey village.

The place was once the home of Cormac McTeigue MacCarthy the 9th Lord of Muskerry, the man who built Blarney and Kilcrea Castles.

Originally known as Carrignamuck Castle, it remained in MacCarthy hands until 1650, when the stronghold was besieged and taken by Cromwell's forces after which the land was confiscated.

After a number of years the property came into the possession of the Colthurst family who in 1740 erected the present Georgian house on the castle grounds. The current owners bought Dripsey in 1922 and were no strangers to the locality having established the Dripsey Woollen Mills in 1903.

The residence is a classic example of 18th century architecture with a series of fine reception rooms retaining many period features.

A large reception hall leads to a spacious drawing room and dining room while, to the rear, is located the original kitchen and a study.


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A heavy mahogany staircase leads to the first floor landing, with three great windows overlooking the valley below. There are nine bedrooms and two bathrooms on the first and second floor.

Connected to the north elevation is a self-contained apartment with three reception rooms and three bedrooms.

This part of the building once housed the ballroom and was the most recent portion of the house to be occupied.

According to Mr Erwin the house is structurally sound with a good roof but needs refurbishment and modernisation.

Close to the house stands the 15th century castle, a striking four-storey tower house that remains in very good structural condition with excellent views over the river valley and surrounding countryside.

The residence is surrounded by substantial gardens including a 2ac walled garden.

To the west of the house is an enclosed cut-stone cobbled courtyard with a range of single- and two-storey buildings that could do with attention. There are no modern farm buildings on the property.

The lands extend to 110ac and are laid out in one block around the house.

The ground is described as good agricultural farmland in a mixture of tillage, callow land by the river and rich pasture with good natural shelter and drainage.

There is extensive road frontage and excellent frontage on to the Dripsey River, which runs through the estate.

The current owners dammed the river and a working turbine supplies electricity to the house.

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