Famous Houses in Ireland
The 18th century Fota House was built and altered in various stages until the end of the 19th century. 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.
Castletown House, Ireland's finest Palladiancountry house, is an imposing building built in 1722 for William Connolly, the Speaker of the Irish House of Commons. The main block was designed by Italian architect by Alessandro Galilei and the wings were added by Edward Lovett Pearce in 1724.