Tuesday 17 September 2019

Monksgrange exhibition on show in castle

Jeremy Hill, Eithne Scallan and Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan.
Jeremy Hill, Eithne Scallan and Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan.

An intriguing exhibition is currently on show in Enniscorthy Castle that gives an insight into what life was like in the Enniscorthy area in the 19th century.

The exhibition, 'Life in the wilderness of Bantry', has gone on show as part of the programme of events to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the building of Monksgrange House, which is one of the most iconic landmark buildings in the county.

The exhibition was officially opened by Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan and Eithne Scallan and the event drew a large crowd to the castle.

The exhibition features photographs by Goddard Orpen (1852-1932).

The photos were recently discovered and they provide an incredible overview of Enniscorthy and Wexford during the 1800s.

For anyone with an interest in history, and especially local history, they provide an incredible spectacle.

Monksgrange House was built by Goddard Richards and a symposium event at the house and an open day attracted a very large crowd.

In addition to the photo exhibition there was also a book launched at the house. It focused on the history of the family generations who occupied the house between 1769 and 1969.

The book, 'Monksgrange - Portrait of an Irish house and family, 1769-1969' was written by Dr Philip Bull and launched by Professor Roy Foster.

The book is available through Monksgrange House and in local book shops, while the castle exhibition will remain on view in the short term.

Enniscorthy Guardian