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Lisnavagh House


Lisnavagh House above

1840 map of Lisnavagh
It is certainly notable that on an 1840s map of Lisnavagh, there are several buildings of which no trace now exists, particularly near the house today called Germaine’s. My father believes there was formerly some buildings in the Pump Field (just left of the entrance gates into Lisnavagh) but these cannot be seen on the 1840s map either.

Lisnavagh House, Lisnavagh Demesne, County Carlow

Situated close to the River Slaney not far from Rathvilly in the north of Co Carlow, Lisnavagh House has been a family home for eleven generations. The estate covers almost 1,000 acres and includes Lisnavagh House, several cottages, grazing & tillage land, 250 acres of mainly hardwood woodland, the impressive Farmyard and Victorian gardens with 14 acres of Pleasure Grounds, including the gorgeous American Gardens, a majestic Irish Yew Walk, a walled garden, mixed borders and rock gardens. The original house at was built in 1696 by William Bunbury, whose father Benjamin emigrated from Cheshire to Ireland in the 1660s. In 1847, Captain William McClintock Bunbury, MP for Carlow, commissioned the Scottish architect Daniel Robertson to build a new house and farmyard at Lisnavagh.

Lisnavagh House before 2/3rds of it was raised to the ground in 1952 The Tudor Revival mansion was substantially reduced in size in 1952. Lisnavagh has undergone substantial renovation since 2005. The restoration has been carried out using traditional materials, such as lime plaster and mortars. The name "Lisnavagh" is believed to come from the Irish Lios na BhFea, meaning 'garden' or enclosure of beech. The estate is fully owned and managed by the McClintock Bunbury family.

The Bunbury's descend from a Norman, the Baron de St Pierre, who served with William the Conqueror in 1066. Settled in Co Carlow since the 17th century, the Bunbury's quickly became an important part of the ruling elite in Ireland.

By 1860, the estate at Lisnavagh had evolved into one of the most advanced and efficient farms in the country. In 1879, Thomas McClintock Bunbury of Lisnavagh succeeded his uncle to become 2nd Lord Rathdonnell.

His great-grandson Benjamin, the present Lord Rathdonnell, succeeded to Lisnavagh in 1959. For a more detailed history of the McClintock Bunbury family, please visit

Nominal Roll of Labour employed at Lisnavagh

8th September 1932

Name Occupation
Barry, M. Farm. Stockman
Byrne, Jack. Farm. Yardman
Clarke, Joe. Farm
Clarke, B. Farm
Clarke, Frank. Stables
Connors, M. Farm
Connors, L. Farm
Cran, Dick. Garden
Cullen, Mick. Woods
Curren, Tom. Woods
Curry, Bill. Farm
Dowdall, C. Stables
Dowling, Joe. Farm
Dowling, Atty. Farm
Dowling, Jack. Farm
Dowling, T. Farm
Dowling, Pat. Farm
Elliott, Jack. Woods
Faulkner, C. Head Gardner
FitzPatrick, Mrs. -------
Forans, Mick. Farm
Giff, Henry A. Land Steward
Giff, Henry. Farm
Giff, Mrs. Farm (Dairy & Poultery)
Halligan, Tom. Smith
Halligan, M. Woods
Hagerty, Tom. Smith’s Mate
Kelly, Dan. Farm

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