A History of Two Once Great Houses

Ardgillan & Kenure Lecture







Ardgillan Castle & Kenure House: A Tale of two Once Great Houses in North County Dublin

By Niall Gosson & Tom Reilly

Saturday 26th August @ 2pm

This is a FREE event for National Heritage Week.

Booking Recommended / Places Limited

Our two speakers will highlight the history of these two very different properties that have had quite a different ending. Kenure was sadly lost in 1978 when it was knocked down leaving the impressive portico as the only lasting reminder of this once great house. Ardgillan on the other hand came on the market just just 3 years later and was purchased by Dublin County Council in 1982. It survives to this day as a heritage property and community amenity, celebrating its 25th year of being open to the public this year.

These talks will explore the history of these two great properties, and the families that inhabited them.


Tom Reilly has been the Manager of Ardgillan Castle for the last 7 years. He has a keen interest in the history of the property and the Taylor history. Tom is also a local historian having published many books including his now infamous books on Oliver Cromwell. Tom is a Drogheda man and his most recent published work was on the Walls of Drogheda. His talk will illustrate the history of Ardgillan with a particular emphasis on the last 25 years since it was opened to the public.


Niall Gosson is a native of Rush and local historian. He has been researching the lost history of Kenure House for the last five years whilst also completing his secondary school education. As a member of the Rush Tourism Committee, he, along with Angela Byrne, are working in conjunction with Fingal County Council to achieve a heritage walk in Rush around what is left of the Kenure house and Park Demesne. Niall is a volunteer with Ardgillan having completed research for the castle and also has taken part in their Living History Days  and many other events over the past year. He recently curated an exhibition celebrating the Kenure Estate’s 700th anniversary by showcasing the photo collection of the house in Rush Library.  The talk Niall will be delivering will reference this invaluable collection that he has amassed.

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