Castle MacGarrett, Claremorris, Ireland

Castle MacGarrett, Claremorris, Ireland

Castle MacGarrett was built in 1811 as the family home for a wealthy land-owner. It later became a nursing home for nuns, and features ornate ceilings.

Visited February 2019  Ireland Claremorris, County Mayo, Republic of Ireland Abandoned

Castle MacGarrett (sometimes spelt MacGarret or Castlemacgarrett) was built and owned by the Browne family, who had occupied the land for over five centuries. The remains of the original castle can still be found within the grounds, close to the river. The original castle was abandoned towards the end of the 17th century when it was deemed to be unsafe. A new residence was built further from the water, and served successive generations until 1811 when it was destroyed by fire. [1]

The current Castle MacGarrett, constructed following the fire, retained some parts of the previous building. A vaulted room which had been built in 1700 was incorporated into the new castle, which forms part of the guest’s dining room and retains the original vaulted ceiling. [2]

Front exterior view of CastleMacGarrett
Front exterior view of CastleMacGarrett

In 1785, Dominick Browne was born here and would later become the first Lord Oranmore Browne, the title of Oranmore being taken in light of the family lands and property at Oranmore, Co. Galway. He was appointed Privy Councillor of Ireland and became one of the 28 elected representative Irish Peers.

Archive image of CastleMacGarrett in Claremorris
Archive image of CastleMacGarrett in Claremorris

The third Baron Geoffrey Browne (1861-1927), was responsible for building the main part of the present manor, early in the 20th century. In 1902, the ‘modern’ wing to the left hand side of the main entrance was erected. In this wing you will find the Oratory and reception room, which ceilings are replicas of those in Leinster House.

Around 1965 the castle itself, with a large farm attached, was bought by nursing sisters, and it was known as Castlemacgarrett Nursing Home until it was sold again for development in 2006. It now lies vacant.

Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - The 1902 extension
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – The 1902 extension
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - Mary Mother of Jesus mosaic
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – Mary Mother of Jesus mosaic
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - The grand main staircase
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – The grand main staircase
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - The main staircase, looking back
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – The main staircase, looking back
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - Top of the staircase
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – Top of the staircase
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - Top of the staircase
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – Top of the staircase
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - Reception room
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – Reception room
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - The ceilings are replicas of those in Leinster House
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – The ceilings are replicas of those in Leinster House
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - Doorway to the Oratory
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – Doorway to the Oratory
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - The oratory with another ornate ceiling
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – The oratory with another ornate ceiling
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - An oratory is a small chapel for private worship
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – An oratory is a small chapel for private worship
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - Collapse inside the fireplace
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – Collapse inside the fireplace
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - The new-wing corridor
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – The new-wing corridor
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - Original reception room
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – Original reception room
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - Another grand ceiling and fireplace
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – Another grand ceiling and fireplace
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - Bar / Servery in the dining room
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – Bar / Servery in the dining room
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - This vaulted area of the dining room was once part of the original house
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – This vaulted area of the dining room was once part of the original house
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - Part of the expansive kitchens
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – Part of the expansive kitchens
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - Range in the kitchen
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – Range in the kitchen
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - Kitchen calendar dated 2006
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – Kitchen calendar dated 2006
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - These telephones were positioned throughout the house
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – These telephones were positioned throughout the house
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - The second staircase
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – The second staircase
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - Staircase and lobby
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – Staircase and lobby
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - One of the dormitories
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – One of the dormitories
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - Bedroom with curtain rails
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – Bedroom with curtain rails
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - Bedroom with curtain rails
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – Bedroom with curtain rails
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - Another bedroom
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – Another bedroom
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - Bedroom with hospital style bed
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – Bedroom with hospital style bed
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - Decaying room
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – Decaying room
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - The small infirmary had a small table remaining
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – The small infirmary had a small table remaining
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - View from the servant's accommodation tower
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – View from the servant’s accommodation tower
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland - Stable block
Castle MacGarrett, Ireland – Stable block
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