Castleboro House was originally built in 1770 by the Carew family but an accidental fire in 1840 destroyed most of it. It was then rebuilt to incorporate the surviving west wing but another fire started by local IRA sympathisers in 1923 destroyed the house completely. It now lies as one of the finest ruins in Ireland.
Fine examples of ornamental and architectural details can still be seen throughout the house and its position among rolling fields with a backdrop of the Blackstairs mountains makes this a beautiful place. It is said that the ghost of Lady Carew haunts the house. She rushed into the burning building to save her needlework and was killed in the fire. Thankfully she was out when I was there.
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