1868 – Violet Hill, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Architect: William Fogerty


A medium sized country house, originally finished in brick, and now rendered and painted. The stables and part of the house have been converted into apartments. For a time in the 1970s, used as a home by the actor Sean Connery.

“The subject of our illustration in this No., is a mansion recently erected for Edward L. Griffin, Esq., from the designs of Mr. William Fogerty, architect. The accommodation is as follows:- hall, 24ft. by 16ft., separated from principla stairs by a screen of marble columns; library 24ft. by 17ft.; drawing-room 24ft. by 18ft.; dining-room 24ft. by 17ft.; breakfast-room 18ft. by 14ft. There are extensive and complete kitchen offices and twelce bed-rooms, with bath=rooms, cloak-rook, w.c.’s, and lavatory. The cost including garden wall, has been about 5,000 and the projected stables offices will cost about 1,200. Mr. George Moyers is the builder, who has carried out the work in a moist creditable manner under the direction of the architect. The material is red brick with dressings of granite and Bath stone. All the interior woodwork is stained and varnished. The site commands delightful views of the Sugar Loaf and other well-known mountains. Altogether the building presents a very favourable specimen of an “Irish Gentleman’s House”.” The Irish Builder, March 1 1869.