W7971 : Parkland in front of Fota House

taken 1 year ago, near to Belvelly, Statty Bridge, Glounthaune, Lissanisky and Clashavodig, Cork, Ireland

Parkland in front of Fota House
Parkland in front of Fota House
A ha-ha wall LinkExternal link prevents grazing animals from wandering from the parkland onto the lawn in front of the house.
Fota House and Gardens
Fota House was the former home of the Smith-Barry family (Earls of Barrymore since 1627), descendants of Philip de Barry. Fota House was originally a hunting lodge and became the family's main residence in the 1820s when it was enlarged by the architect, Sir Richard Morrison (17671849) and his son Vetruvius Morrison (17941838) to create the regency mansion with over 70 rooms.

During the latter part of the last century, the house fell into some disrepair, culminating in the collapse of a ceiling. This closed the house to the public for some time. It was restored using EU, Irish government and private funding, prior to reopening in early 2002. In December 2007 an independent charity, the Irish Heritage Trust, took over responsibility for Fota House.

The layout and structure of the arboretum and gardens in the grounds of Fota House date largely from the tenure of the Smith-Barry family. They consist of a structured arboretum, walled garden and terraces. The gardens include rare and exotic shrubs and trees, along with an extensive rose garden. The State was given control of the arboretum and gardens in 1996 and they are now administered by the Office of Public Works in conjunction with the Irish Heritage Trust.
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W7971, 23 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Monday, 18 June, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 25 June, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Grassland  Country estates 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic DC-G9 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! W 790 712 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:53.5929N 8:18.2762W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! W 791 712
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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