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Dunboy Castle and Puxley Mansion

Castletownbere, Ireland
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Type: Historic Sites, Castles
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Racine, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

It's interesting to stamp around on land that was used so very long ago. Beara Peninsula has many "very old" places to explore.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014 via mobile

Our local driver took us here. This originally 19 th century castle was in relative ruin until the big scale commercially motivated renovations started. The site was being transformed into a hotel, resort. New sections were added. Locals seem to have disapproved of this whole undertaking. The whole investment collapsed due to the worldwide financial crises. It is still interesting... More

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Lakeland, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I brought my granddaughter here as a history lesson about the O'Sullivans. We're O'Sullivan Mor not O'Sullivan Bere,but when we lived in Co. Tipperary we were all just O'Sullivans. I had been here 40 years ago when Puxley Manor and the adjacent castle were ruins. I still can remember walking into the south entrance and seeing floor to ceiling two... More

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Cork, Ireland
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

As someone already stated, I would have loved the opportunity to explore this site when it was just the bare ruins and "imagine" what it would have been like and "wish" that it could be restored successfully. However what I seen on visit was utterly depressing, the developer thought too big and when the country went pop funds ran out... More

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Worcester Park, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

I have visited this site before and preferred it as the ruin rather than the half finished renovations

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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

I used to wander through Puxleys Mansion years back when it was derelict. You used to bump into a sheep or a horse occasionally. The mansion was restored for a high end hotel, but didn't quite make it. The new extension is amazing in how out of place it is. Unfortunately it is fenced off, so you can't wander round... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

A hugely expensive restoration job was carried out on this beautifully sited mansion to create a 5 star hotel however work was halted around 2007 when the money dried up. It is well worth a visit to see this example of a Celtic Tiger Folly. The mansion itself was restored at great cost and fits in well with the surroundings.... More

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Bloomington, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

Dunboy Castle is really a ruin where the O'sullivan clan unsuccessfully tried to defend their ancestral grounds from the invading British. Not a lot remains. However, the views from the fortress grounds are spectacular, so well worth the walk or drive off the main road. Signage is poor so you may need to ask for directions. We nearly passed it... More

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