DiCamillo Companion
Ireland

Garron Tower

  • Built / Designed For: Frances, Marchioness of Londonderry.

    House & Family History: Garron is a castle of black basalt perched on the top of a cliff. It was built by the famous Frances, Marchioness of Londonderry, daughter and heiress of the immensely wealthy Sir Henry Vane-Tempest, who derived his fortune from Durham coalfields. In 1898 the Castle became a hotel; it was gutted by fire between the First and Second World Wars. Winston Churchill inherited the Garron Estate in the early 20th century from a distant cousin. On September 3, 1951 (the feast day of St. MacNissi) Garron was officially opened as St. MacNissi's College, a diocesan grammar school for boys. It is today known as St. Killian's College, the result of a merger of St. MacNissi's College, St. Comgall's College, and St. Aloysius High School.

  • Title: Chartwell Guidebook
    Author: NA
    Year Published: 2002
    Reference: pg. 13
    Publisher: London: The National Trust
    ISBN: 0707801478
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Guide to Irish Country Houses, A
    Author: Bence-Jones, Mark
    Year Published: 1988
    Reference: pg. 132
    Publisher: London: Constable and Company
    ISBN: 0094699909
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Unknown

    Park Listed: Unknown

  • Past Seat / Home of: Frances, Marchioness of Londonderry, 19th century; George Henry Robert Charles William Vane-Tempest, 5th Marquess of Londonderry, 19th century. Sir Winston Churchill, 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: School

    Primary Current Ownership Use: School

    Ownership Details: Today St. Killian's College

  • House Open to Public: No

    Phone: 02828-885-202

    Fax: 02828-885-492

    Email: info@stkillians.carnlough.ni.sch.uk

    Website: http://stkillianscollege.org.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No