Thursday Doors : March 23, 2017

This photo is of one of the doors into Lismore Castle in County Waterford, of course it’s not the main door of the castle, that door was open and I didn’t manage to get a good shot as there were many people milling around.  This castle is one of the residences of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire,and has been in their family since 1753.

Lismore Castle, Co Waterford

The castle is not usually open to the public, except for a few charity events.   Last Sunday was one such day, and we went to a fund raising Devonshire tea in the Great Hall.  Devonshire tea, also known as cream tea, is usually tea or coffee taken with a scone served with clotted cream and jam.

The castle itself has had a lot of famous visitors over the years, including Fred Astaire, whose sister Adele Astaire was married to one of the Cavendish family, and she lived in the castle from 1944 to shortly before her death in 1981.   John F Kennedy was another visitor to the castle in his younger years before he became President.

There were many other well known (even famous) visitors, as can be seen from the visitors’ book. There is Lucian Freud, Diana Mosley (another Mitford sister), poet John Betjeman, writer Patrick Leigh Fermor, photographer Cecil Beaton and actor Dominic West.    Anybody can rent out the castle, see the link if you are so inclined, though I haven’t enquired about the cost.   We were told though that the place is rented for about 20 weeks every year!

Lismore Castle, Co Waterford

old door at Lismore Castle

Linked to Norm’s Thursday Doors





19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.
    Mar 23, 2017 @ 17:55:24

    Interesting Joan. My husband comes from Waterford and his family go back a few hundred years in the area. He left as a teenager but now we are back in Ireland are planning to return to explore old haunts. We are just a couple of hours away on the Wexford coast.

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  3. Norm 2.0
    Mar 23, 2017 @ 19:46:05

    Nice ones Joan. People milling about when we’re trying to take doors pics…these people with no sense or priorities! 😉
    You can almost see how thick to paint is on the second door. It makes me wonder how many coats over how many years….

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  4. sultanabun
    Mar 23, 2017 @ 19:46:53

    I’ve never been to Lismore castle. Thanks for reminding me. I adore the colour.

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  5. Jean Reinhardt
    Mar 23, 2017 @ 19:50:00

    I love Lismore Castle, Joan. The town itself is beautiful, we almost moved there when we came back to Spain. A friend of ours used to be the head gardener there and he showed us around the grounds years ago but I’ve never seen inside the castle.

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  6. Lucid Gypsy
    Mar 24, 2017 @ 10:56:34

    Ahh now we Devonshire folk like to get about a bit!

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