Carlow County - Ireland Genealogical Projects (IGP TM)
Fennagh, Co. Carlow
Novitiate, Ballykealey House, Co. Carlow.
Source: Delany Archive
Once the seat of the Lecky family for three centuries, the present house was designed by Thomas A Cobden, built in the 1830s as a wedding present. Gothic arches and Tudor chimney stacks add unique character, and the house is set in well-maintained grounds and promising first impressions are well founded.
Mark Bence-Jones described the present house as a somewhat stylized Tudor-Gothic structure build about 1830 for John James Lecky to the design of Thomas A. Cobden. Tradition has it that before John James married Sara Lucia Smith, in July 1825, her father John Smith of Balby in Yorkshire, insisted that plans be prepared for a new home for his only daughter, and that her generous dowry financed the building of the house.
Source: Ballykealy Country House website & Carlow Library
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