Ruin in Wexford

Ruin in Wexford

Postby 6thsensitive » Tue Mar 21, 2006 1:04 am

Hi First post here!

Anyone able to help me out, am looking to get any insight on this ruin:


Its near Rathnure in Co.Wexford


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Re: Ruin in Wexford

Postby gorton » Sat Mar 25, 2006 12:43 pm

Looks very interesting, i'm over there Easter Week, might take a look.

have a look at
which appears to describe the same place

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Re: Ruin in Wexford

Postby ctesiphon » Sat Mar 25, 2006 4:58 pm

Funny you should post a link to a site that mentions Castleboro, gorton, as that was my reflex thought when I saw this thread at first. However, Castleboro was designed very firmly in the classical style, rather than the Tudor flavoured affair illustrated above. Castleboro has been described by Maurice Craig as something like 'the most imposing ruin in all of Ireland,' and the few pictures I've seen would back this up. A description and illustrations are included in Bence-Jones's A Guide to Irish Country Houses of the house in its pre-ruinous state.
In about 1998 or so, a former colleague of mine did a dissertation on it, its architect Daniel Robertson and the question of an architect working simultaneously on two buildings in radically different styles- classical and gothic. His classical example was Castleboro but I can't remember what his gothic one was.

However, this is all slightly off topic, as the building above isn't the one described in the page to which you linked, gorton, to the best of my knowledge.

6th- cold you be more specific with the location? I've just been looking at a half-inch to 1 mile map of Wexford which shows Rathnure and Clonroche. Castleboro is mentioned by name, so perhaps this house would be too? I only have the Discovery Series #77 of Wexford, whereas Rathnure is on sheet #69. I'd imagine if you had an accurate location you could check sheet #69- Discovery is pretty detailed on this kind of thing. And then when you get the name, something like Bence-Jones would be a good place to start. Unfortunately the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage has not yet published a survey of Co Wexford.

Lastly, there was a book published around 10 years ago on Wexford country houses, both occupied and ruinous. I don't remember the title, but I'm sure Wexford libraries and perhaps even the NLI in Dublin would have a copy. There is a good chance this building would be included.

Best of luck.
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Re: Ruin in Wexford

Postby SeamusOG » Sat Mar 25, 2006 5:18 pm

The authorities should tear it down as soon as possible. What a classic example of poorly maintained one-off housing:p
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Re: Ruin in Wexford

Postby GrahamH » Sun Mar 26, 2006 4:27 am


What a spectacular ruin. Wouldn't it make you itch to have a good snoop about inside
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Re: Ruin in Wexford

Postby Michael J. O'Brien » Mon Mar 27, 2006 6:17 am

Definitely not Castleboro.

Castleboro is more of a trditional classical house with 4-5 columns.

It is also a very impressive ruin.
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Re: Ruin in Wexford

Postby Andrew Duffy » Mon Mar 27, 2006 12:11 pm

Sorry I can't help, but there is a similarly evocative Tudor ruin near Durrow in Laois, which might be the "Knocknatrina" mentioned here:
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Re: Ruin in Wexford

Postby niallig » Mon Mar 27, 2006 6:05 pm

Long list here, its from the County Development Plan, during the Summer the Protected Structure list was updated, some didn't make it to the list i know, so it could be worth yr while emailing someone in the forward planning department of Wexford County Council

Large early 19th century house rebuilt this century.
2. Ballinkeel
Italianate house by Daniel Robertson 1840-42.
3. Ballyanne
Neo-classical entrance gated with piers and half-hexagon facades of twin
4. Ballycarney Cottage
Small, circa 1820 house – good of its type.
5. Ballymore, Camolin
Rare survival of circa 1720.
6. Ballymore, Screen
Late 18th century house.
7. Ballynestragh
One of the last country houses, by Dermot Gogarty 1937.
8. Ballinatray Bridge Courtown
Small, highly elaborate tudor-gothic confection of circa 1840.
9. Ballyrankin
Small, three-bay lodge with strip pilasters and wide eaves.
10. Ballystraw
Early-18th century, Palladian house.
11. Ballytrent
Early 19th century neo-classical house.
12. Ballywater
L-Plan Italianate house of rubble stone with brick dressings.
13. Bannow
Early- 19th century neo-classical essay.
14. Bargy Castle
Late-medieval tower with later post-medieval additions.
15. Berkeley Forest
Small, late 18th century, neo-classical house.
16. Bloomfield
Neo-Tudor House by Daniel Robertson.
17. Borleagh
Early – 19th century, late classical house.
18. Borohill
Early-19th century with unusual pyramidal roof.
19. Borrmount
Five-bay, mid-19th century, Italianate house.
Stables with small tower.
20. Brookhill House
Italianate house of 1850.
21. Brownswood House
Red brick house of 1894.
22. Castleboro
One of the most magnificent ruins in Ireland – by Daniel Robertson circa
Stables in Italianate style.
Lodge with doric portico.
Lodge on Enniscorthy road (originally the main entrance).
23. Castle Talbot
Mid-18th century house.
24. Clobemon Hall
Fine neo-classical house by Thomas Cobden.
Entrance gates and sweeps.
25. Clohamon
Bow-fronted late-18th century house.
26. Clonard Great
Mid-18th century Palladian house
27. Coolbawn
Ruin of a Tudor-gothic by Frederick Darley circa 1840.
28. The Deanery, Ferns
Early-18th century house with additions of 1835.
29. The Deeps
Colonial style house with colonnade across the façade.
30. Dunbrody
Large mid-19th Century, Italianate house.
31. Edermine
Much-rebuilt late-18th century house with Italianate tower and wing.
Chapel by Pugin, cast-iron conservatory.
33. Horetown
U-plan house of circa 1840.
34. Hyde Park
Important neo-classical house by Sir Richard Morrison.
35. Johnstown Castle
Neo-gothic castle by Daniel Robertson.
Ancillary buildings and ornamental garden.
36. Killiane Castle
16th century tower house and 18th century house.
37. Killowen
Early-19th century house with Wyatt windows.
38. Kilmannock
Large mid –18th century house remodelled in mid-19th century.
Lodge of 1879 possibly by Sir Thomas Drew.
39. Kyle House
Neo-classical house of circa 1800.
40. Litterbeg
Small, mid-18th century Palladian house.
41. Loftus Hall
Mid-19th century house.
Mid-18th century gate piers.
42. Macmine Castle
Ruin of a townhouse with later additions.
Entrance arch in gingerbread gothic of late 18th century.
43. Macmurrough
Early 19th century neo-classical house.
Mid-19th century venetian-gothic lodge and gates.
44. Marlfield
Late 18th century house with good quality modern additions.
45. Monart
Fine mid-18th century Palladian composition.
Entrance gates.
46. Monksgrange
Fine Palladian composition of 1769 with twentieth century additions.
47. Mount Anna
Late 18th century house with bow front.
48. Nevillescourt
Simple mid - 18th century house remodelled in late 18th century.
51. Newtownbarry
Large Italianate house of circa 1860 by Sir Charles Lanyon.
52. Parknashoge
L-plan, rubble-stone house by Benjamin Woodward, circa 1860.
53. Peppard’s Castle
Lime-rendered, mid-18th century house with later porch.
54. Pilltown
Simple gothic style house of circa 1830.
55. Ramsfort
Complex building of several dates including 18th century, circa 1860 French
chateau and later castle style.
56. Rathaspick
Important late 17th century house.
Lodge in extravagant circa 1900 “Swiss cottage” style.
57. Richfield
Medieval towerhouse and early – 18th century house with fine interior.
58. Rockspring
Two-storey, octagonal lodge.
59. Rosegarland
Possibly by John Roberts added to an early-18th century house.
Towerhouse in yard.
60. Rowesmount
Small, early-19th century house with doric doorcase.
61. Rosemount
Mid 18th century house.
Dovecote on hill above house.
Early 19th Century lodge with wide eaves.
62. St John’s Enniscorthy
Late – 18th Century house with full-height bows on façade.
63. St. Waleran’s Gorey
Bowed neo-classical house in manner of Morrisons.
64. Saunder’s Court
Exceptionally elaborate entrance arch and lodges.
65. Slaney Lodge, Bunclody
Four-bay, two-storey house of rubble stone, said to be 17th century,
remodelled in early-19th century.
66. Stokestown
Circa 1830 house with granite porch.
67. Octagonal folly tower on hill.
68. Stokestown Castle.
Tower house set in a range of farm buildings. Both tower and farm buildings
with gate-piers of importance.
69. Talbot Hall
Late-18th century, three-storey house.
70. Verona
Small mid-18th century house.
71. Wells
Large tudor-gothic house by Daniel Robertson of 1850.
72. Wilton
Impressive sham-gothic castle by Daniel Robertson of the 1840s.
Stables with an early-18th century doorcase.
18th century bridge opposite the house.
Gate piers and walled garden.
73. Woodbrook
Very fine neo-classical house of 1780 with staircase unique in Ireland.
74. Woodview, Ballingale Ferns
Three-bay, two storey over semi basement, built in 1760s.
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Re: Ruin in Wexford

Postby Andrew Duffy » Mon Mar 27, 2006 6:16 pm

This might help:

Castleboro and your ruin, conveniently together on the page.
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Re: Ruin in Wexford

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Re: Ruin in Wexford

Postby ctesiphon » Mon Mar 27, 2006 6:37 pm


Nice detective work, Andrew.
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Re: Ruin in Wexford

Postby Morlan » Mon Mar 27, 2006 7:09 pm

That's very interesting. :)
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Re: Ruin in Wexford

Postby Andrew Duffy » Mon Mar 27, 2006 7:14 pm

Found my one. This isn't her best angle (that's from the N8):

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Re: Ruin in Wexford

Postby barnbarroch44 » Tue Jan 16, 2007 6:52 am

It appears to be Coolbawn House in Wexford that was burned in the 1920s as a result of the troubles in the twenties. I would love to purchase this house and restore it as a home for me and my lady. It's a fine house indeed.:cool:
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Re: Ruin in Wexford

Postby Coolbawn » Mon Jun 04, 2007 7:06 pm

Yep, tis in Rathnure!

I can seen it from the end of my lane!

Tis actually falling down around the sides! The picture shows the walls that are intact still!
Floors are all burnt out as well, so quite a steep fall if you go into it!!

That picture reminds me so much of childhood...........we wud spend hours around it and the woods
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Re: Ruin in Wexford

Postby Paul Clerkin » Mon Jun 04, 2007 8:05 pm

Any better pictures?
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Re: Ruin in Wexford

Postby PTB » Mon Jun 04, 2007 8:17 pm

Coolbawn wrote:Yep, tis in Rathnure!

I can seen it from the end of my lane!

Tis actually falling down around the sides! The picture shows the walls that are intact still!
Floors are all burnt out as well, so quite a steep fall if you go into it!!

Thats! Wonderful!!
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Re: Ruin in Wexford

Postby AI » Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:53 am

Coolbawn, Castleboro, Macmine, Wilton

All documented on my website and complete with Virtual Reality :)

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Re: Ruin in Wexford

Postby JI » Thu Nov 13, 2008 4:03 pm

Just spotted this today. This is Coolbawn Abbey, home of the Bruen family. It was burned in the Troubles. The Tector family were the owners in the mid 80s, and probably still are.
It's also on the River Boro, not far from Castleboro - and might be near Bree?
When I visited it last, maybe 20 years ago, the cellars were being used as a dump for domestic refuse.
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Re: Ruin in Wexford

Postby btdonohoe » Mon Feb 16, 2009 4:48 pm

Do you know if there is a Govt site showing sites that are being offered at low cost for anyone interested in investing to refurbish or maintain the site/house?


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Re: Ruin in Wexford

Postby terryantkehoe » Wed Dec 02, 2009 5:40 pm

This is locally known as Coolbawn Castle, I live a few hundred yards from it. The Bruen family did own it and it now lies on the lands of the Tector family. A now protected structure, the castle was in danger of being exported stone by stone to Japan some years back and rebuilt out there. This picture was taken some time back as the castle is now a lot more overgrown with some of the pillars fallen unfortunately. The picture also doesn't tell the whole story however. Underneath the castle there is a number of corridors and rooms. I presume these were used as the servant quarters. A gate lodge known as Coolbawn House lies a few hundred yards to the South which also now lies in ruin. behind the castle itself there a number of out houses for horses and a stone courtyard. I am sure that this was a very impressive sight in its day.
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