Curraghmore House

 Curraghmore House is the historic home of the 8th Marquis of Waterford and is situated in the lovely valley of the Clodagh river, which enters the estate at Lowry's Bridge and almost halves the land of Curraghmore. His ancestors (the de la Poers) came to Ireland from Normandy after a 100-year stopover in Wales around 1170, or, about 320 years before Columbus 'discovered' the New World.

Some 2,500 acres of formal gardens, woodland and grazing fields make this the largest private demesne in Ireland and one of the finest places to visit in Ireland. Curraghmore House has a magnificent setting amid ancient oak woods and formal gardens. The Curraghmore estate offers the visitor a delightful array of attractions and places of interest to explore.

A Sitka Spruce planted on the estate in the 1830s is among the tallest tree in Ireland and stands guard over King John's Bridge. Built in 1205 this stone-arched structure, spanning the Clodagh River, is the oldest bridge in Ireland. Twelve miles of famine relief boundary wall and four sturdy wrought iron gates surround the estate.

Gnarled pink chestnut trees line the approach to the big house and original castle tower. St Hubert's stag with crucifix between its antlers - genuine horns on the de la Poer family emblem - gazes across the large Courtyard from atop the old castle.

Group tours of the main reception rooms of Curraghmore House can be arranged by prior appointment. This tour takes in some of the finest neo-classical rooms in Ireland which feature the magnificent plaster work of James Wyatt and grisaille panels by Peter de Gree.

Curraghmore House is located just 12km from Carrick-on-Suir.

The Shell House and Gardens are open from Easter to 15th of October on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 10am to 4pm also on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of each month.  The Gardens are also open during The National Heritage Week annually.

Curraghmore Bluebell Festival takes place on Sunday May 3rd 2015 from 11.00am. Free Parking available in the grounds of estate. This will be a great family day out with lots of activities to suit young and the young at heart.