DiCamillo Companion
Ireland

Rathfarnham Castle

  • 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.

  • Architect: William Oldham Chambers

    Date: 18th century
    Designed: Interiors

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    Architect: James Stuart

    Date: 18th century
    Designed: Interiors for Henry Loftus, 1st Earl of Ely.

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  • 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

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 14-939-462

    Email: rathfarnhamcastle@opw.ie

    Website: https://www.heritageireland.ie

    Historic Houses Member: No