Carlow County - Ireland Genealogical Projects (IGP TM)

Little Moyle House
Co Carlow


Little Moyle house oil on canvas c.1801Little Moyle is a lovely house, surrounded by chestnut trees, with big windows that reach down to the floor. It stands on a hill above the River Burrin, once filled with trout, close to the farmyard. This is good fertile tillage land with sturdy sheaves of wheat.

The house was built in the 18th century and is believed to have originally been an eight room farmhouse. Some work may have been done on the house when Colonel Kane succeeded to his share of the Kane family fortune on the death of his mother in the 1830s.

Jeremy Williams, a kinsman of the Kane Smiths, believes the house was re-modeled in 1867 by John McCurdy who was simultaneously working on the Shelbourne Hotel. The contractor was Joseph F. Lynch. As steward to Colonel Bunbury, he appears to have moved into Little Moyle at this time. The house included an ‘atmospheric drawing room that retained its original decoration until 1993’ and a fine stained glass window.

Source: Turtle Bunbury 2012

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