Built / Designed For: Adam Loftus
House & Family History: Rathfarnham was built in the 16th century by Adam Loftus, an ambitious Yorkshire clergyman who came to Ireland as chaplain to the lord deputy and quickly rose to become archbishop of Dublin (he was also involved in the founding of Trinity College) and lord chancellor of Ireland. The House was declared a National Monument in the mid-1980s.
Country Life: CLXXII, 734 plan, 1982.
House Listed: Listed
Park Listed: Not Listed
Past Seat / Home of: Adam Loftus, 16th century; Henry Loftus, 1st Earl of Ely, 18th century.
Current Ownership Type: Office of Public Works
Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction