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The Tipperary Constitution
Contributed by Mary Heaphy

The Times February 23 1839
Destruction of Kilcooley Abbey by Fire.
This splendid old Gothic mansion, the residence of Mr. Ponsonby Barker, one
of the Conservative candidates for the County of Tipperary, was burned to
the ground on Sunday Morning, The furniture, and everything but the plate,
were consumed. Captain and Mrs Barker, who had been sleeping in the Abbey,
had a very narrow escape, having got out at the window and descended 40 feet
by a ladder, a few moments before the floor of their bedchamber had fallen
in. The fire originated in the Library during the night. The Abbey was
insured for the sum of 13,200. (Don't know if its shillings or pounds. M.)