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The Hidden Ireland + Clonalis Roscommon

The Portrait of a Lady and Gentleman and Artists as Young Men Dia dhaoibh ar maidin. There really aren’t many left. A study of the 39 (what an odd number, why not 40?) country houses featured in the book Irish … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Russborough Blessington Wicklow

Architecture in Harmony A rondo is a piece of music in which the main theme keeps recurring between different episodes. Antonio Diabelli’s Rondino was written for the piano in the 18th century. essentially a ternary or three element form, two … Continue reading

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Holy Hill House + Ballymena Castle

The Big White House | Relics of the Old Decency Holy (pronounced “Holly” as in Holywood, Country Down) Hill House is a Planter’s house of comfortable grandeur. Set in the wilds of Tyrone, its shining white walls are testimony to … Continue reading

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Curraghmore + the 8th Marquess of Waterford

Heirs and Graces The shadows were closing in. On a dark night in 1922, while heavy clouds curled and unfurled over the Comeragh Mountains, four IRA men crawled up the four mile driveway of Curraghmore. The fourth of four castles … Continue reading

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Lady Lucy French + St James Theatre

A Class Act Lavender’s Blue catch up with Lady Lucy French, director of development at London’s first and only 21st century theatre. Take two. The scene is coffee in the theatre’s ground floor brasserie. Walls of windows capture lively visual … Continue reading

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