Tyrone House, Kilcolgan

Ruin · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Tyrone House in County Galway is a ruined manor house, built in the 1770s for Christopher St. George. It is on a promontory by the estuary of the Kilcolgan river, about 2mi from the village of Kilcolgan, County Galway, Ireland.
The house was destroyed by the local Irish Republican Army (IRA) unit during the Irish War of Independence.
Tyrone House, County Galway, was built in 1779. (It should not be confused with Tyrone House, Marlborough Street, Dublin, a townhouse designed by Richard Cassels for The 1st Earl of Tyrone of the 3rd creation in 1740.)
Its original owner was Christopher St. George. The house was reputedly designed by John Roberts of Waterford (1712–1796) who also designed Moore Hall in County Mayo and Waterford Cathedral. The St. George family at the time owned much of the area around Kilcolgan.
Arthur French St. George was described as a resident proprietor in 1824.
In 1912, Tyrone House was described as "rather dilipated" by visitor Violet Martin. It served as an inspiration for the novel "The Big House at Inver" by Edith Somerville, published in 1925.
The house was destroyed by the local IRA unit during the Irish War of Independence in 1920. Rumour had it that it was going to be used by the Black and Tans as an infirmary. Tyrone House was uninhabited at the time.
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  • I camped here with my 2 year old daughter Sept 28th - a dead calm night with crystal clear skies. About 2:45 we awoke frozen with the cold and decided to put the flysheet on the tent. The big dipper.....  more »
  • We stayed at an Airbnb close by. In fact, we had to drive past it to get to our accommodations. Our host told us it was once owned by the Tyrone family. After Ireland gained independence in the...  more »

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