GAA man selling £600,000 castle
Kevin Fennelly, one of seven brothers that backboned the Shamrocks Ballyhale team to dominate the Kilkenny hurling championships in the late 70s and 1980s, has decided to put his Gowran Castle home in Co. Kilkenny on the market for auction.
Situated eight miles from the medieval city on the edge of Gowran town, the historic house dates back to 1816, replacing the original castle, and was built to the design of William Robertson. It stands on 65 acres all in grass with good road frontage.
The 42-year-old vendor, also a Fianna Fáil county councillor, pub owner and insurance agent, is the present manager of the Kilkenny hurling team, which recently welcomed the return of player DJ Carey to the field.
Kevin is also the manager of the Young Irelanders Gowran club and brought them to their first Kilkenny senior hurling championship success in 1996.
Gowran Castle was occupied for many years by the Moran farming family. When Caitriona Moran married Kevin Fennelly six years ago he took up occupation in this substantial two-storey over basement home.
Approached through wrought iron gates, the seven-bay entrance front and Doric frontispiece leads to an impressive entrance hall with sandstone flagged floor and black marble fireplace.
The drawingroom is connecting to the diningroom, and both have grey marble fireplaces and French doors to the garden. The kitchen has a range of fitted units and a solid fuel Aga. There is also a study, utility room and rear outer hall at this level.
Upstairs there are eight bedrooms, six with marble fireplaces and one with a shower en suite. The extensive basement runs the length of the house with 12 rooms and flagstone floor, while outside there is a stabled yard with 14 stables, a two-bedroom gate lodge, and steward's cottage.
Due to sell under the hammer on May 27, joint agents Hamilton Osborne King (01-6760251) and Donohoe Properties (0503-22444) have issued a guide of £600,000.