Wednesday 21 February 2018

Jewel of the north-west reopens at Lissadell House

Enda Kenny at Lissadell with Charlie Barron
Enda Kenny at Lissadell with Charlie Barron
Elanor Walsh at Lissadell
Eddie Walsh and Constance Cassidy
The main hall and staircase at Lissadell
Lise Hand

Lise Hand

AFTER a five-year bitter battle through the courts which has left Sligo County Council facing a massive legal bill of an estimated €5.25m, Lissadell House reopened for business yesterday.

At 2pm, the gates swung open for the first time since 2010, and after an hour around 1,500 curious locals and tourists had already streamed into the grounds of the graceful 19th century Regency-style house.

Inside the entrance to the renovated courtyard, the owners Edward Walsh and Constance Cassidy were cheerfully dispensing shots of Jameson whiskey to the adults, and lollipops to the kids.

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