Irish country houses
J.J. McCarthy (1817-1882)
1830 – Castle Forbes, Newtownforbes, Co. Longford
Architect: J.J. McCarthy
A 19th century castle of random ashlar, built about 1830, replacing an earlier house destroyed by fire. It has two storeys over a high basement, with two adjoining fronts dominated by a lofty, round corner tower. The house has heavy battlements and machiolations; lancet windows separated by stone mullions; and a few Early English tracery windows. There is a service wing and a gateway to the yard in the French style, with a high roof and conical-roofed turret and bartizan added about 1870 to designs by J.J. McCarthy. Illustrati0n published in The Irish Builder, November 15 1880.