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Johnstown Castle | by Deb Snelson
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Johnstown Castle

The harmony between great Victorian revival castles and their surrounding ornamental grounds is rarely seen to such perfection as at Johnstown Castle. The mature woodlands and lakes of this demesne provide the perfect setting for this turreted, battlemented and machicolated castle of gleaming silver-grey ashlar, built for the Grogan-Morgan family between 1810 and 1855 and incorporating part of a more ancient castle. The property was presented as a gift to the Irish Nation in 1945 and was later occupied by the Department of Agriculture who established an agricultural institute here and undertook to maintain but not to alter the ornamental grounds. For more information here is a good link.


Thank you to everyone who welcomed me back from my second trip to Ireland. I can't get enough of this beautiful country.


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Taken on September 5, 2009