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Borris House
County Carlow

Borris House

Map of Borris c 1846

Castle Borris, Co Carlow c1923Borris House - Hidden in the wood-ed Barrow Valley stands this magnificent house which was built in 1731 by Morgan Kavanagh, a descendant of the former Kings of Leinster. It is surrounded by the Blackstairs Mountains. Mount Leinster dominates the landscape and the River itself bounds the Estate. There are 600 acres of rolling parkland and ancient oak woodlands. One of the country's oldest and best known golf courses lies within the demesne walls. Borris House has remained in the ownership of the Kavanagh family ever since and it was built and is steeped in McMurrough-Kavanagh history. There is a fabulous viaduct in the village along the old railway line. The lovely wooded Valley of the River Barrow is ideal for walks.

The MacMurrough Kavanagh dynasty, former Celtic Kings of Leinster, are central to this picturesque town of old stone buildings. The family still live at Borris House in the town centre. Built in Tudor style, the house is open to groups by prior arrangement.

The town prospered in the late 1800s as Arthur MacMurrough Kavanagh, the landlord of the time, developed a sawmill and a thriving lace-making industry. He also instigated the building of the graceful 16-arch viaduct, situated at the lower end of the town, which was intended to carry the now defunct Great Southern and Western Railway line between Bagenalstown and Wexford. Borris railway station opened on 20 December 1858, closed for passenger traffic on 2 February 1931 and for goods traffic on 27 January 1947, finally closing altogether on 1 April 1963

The entrance to Borris House & Grounds

A beautiful untouched picturesque Georgian village, full of charm and heritage nestling in the foothills of the Blackstairs mountains. It is situated in the woods surrounding Borris House, residence of the Kavanagh family, lineal representatives of the McMurrough-Kavanaghs - ancient Kings of Leinster. Handsome stone cut buildings and traditional shop and pub fronts add to the appeal of the town. Many original shop fronts remain, and O’Shea’s, a great old-time bar cum grocery cum hardware store!

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