DiCamillo Companion

Castle ffrench

  • Earlier Houses: The current house replaced a late 17th century house on a different site on the Estate, which replaced a castle built by the ffrench family soon after they acquired the Estate in the late 16th century.

    Built / Designed For: Sir Charles ffrench

    House & Family History: Castle ffrench is a three-story ashlar-faced house built in 1779 by Sir Charles ffrench, mayor of Galway (the ffrench family was one of the 14 tribes of Galway). The House is noted for its fine and delicate plasterwork and its doors and shutters of exceptional joinery. In the early 19th century the 2nd Lord ffrench suffered a severe financial setback when his bank manager mishandled the family's fortune; this was further exacerbated by the 3rd Lord ffrench, who refused to collect rents from his tenants during the famine. The result was the ffrench family selling up in 1848; the parents of the 7th Lord ffrench repurchased the Estate in 1919 and the family remained in possession of the House until the late 20th century, when they once again sold it.

  • Title: Guide to Irish Country Houses, A
    Author: Bence-Jones, Mark
    Year Published: 1988
    Reference: pg. 67
    Publisher: London: Constable and Company
    ISBN: 0094699909
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Unknown

    Park Listed: Unknown

  • Current Seat / Home of: William and Sheila Bagliani

    Past Seat / Home of: Sir Charles ffrench, late 18th century; Martin Joseph ffrench, 5th Baron ffrench, 19th century; ffrench family here from the late 16th century until 1848, then again from 1919 until late 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

    Ownership Details: Part of the House is available for paid accommodation.

  • House Open to Public: By Appointment

    Phone: 090-322-288

    Fax: 090-322-003

    Email: castleffrench@eircom.net

    Website: http://www.castleffrench.com

    Historic Houses Member: No