Johnstown, Co Wexford on Saturday 17th June 2023
Including Killashee House, Co Kildare
Woodenbridge Hotel, Co Wicklow
Saturday 17th June 2023
Brief History of Johnstown
The first castle built on the estate was a tower house built by the Esmonde family, as part of the Norman settlement.
Cromwell spent a night on the estate in 1649. The Catholic Esmondes were subsequently expelled.
Johnstown Castle was bought by the Grogan family in 1692. The owner Cornelius Grogan was hanged in 1798.
In 1810 the estate was restored to his brother John Knox Grogan, who, with his son, Hamilton Knox Grogan-Morgan, created Johnstown Castle as it stands today.
Daniel Robertson designed the Gothic revival castle.
By 1863, the demesne was divided in two, with a deer park in the north and the castle, gardens, farm and two artificial lakes to the south.
The Grogans later married into the Fitzgerald family.
Following the death of Lady Adelaide Fitzgerald who died in 1942, was the last of the family to in Johnstown.
The Johnstown Estate was then acquired for the purpose as an agricultural college.
The castle was taken over by the Department of Agriculture and Teagasc from 1988. It is used for research into soils with laboratories on site.
The castle opened to the public in 2019.
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