DiCamillo Companion

Riverstown House

  • House & Family History: The early 18th century house was remodeled and enlarged in the 1730s by Dr. Jemmett Browne, dean of Ross and later bishop of Cork. Riverstown is a two-story house over a basement, which is concealed on the Entrance Facade, but which becomes an extra story on the Garden Facade. Mark Bence-Jones, writing in "A Guide to Irish Country Houses," calls the Dining Room at Riverstown its "chief glory." The ceiling and walls are decorated with plasterwork by the brothers Francini, possibly their earliest work (circa 1734) in Ireland. The ceiling decoration has allegorical figures representing "Time Rescuing Truth from the Assaults of Discord and Envy," based on a painting by Poussin in the Louvre. There are classical panels in high relief on the walls. Riverstown remained in the ownership of Dr. Browne's descendants until the 20th century. In the 1950s, neglected and empty, plans were made to remove the Dining Room plasterwork to preserve it from further decay. In the end, however, the plasterwork could not be removed from the walls; instead, moulds were made and copies have been installed in Áras an Uachtaráin (The President's House, Dublin). In 1965 John Dooley purchased Riverstown and has restored the House with integrity, with the help of the Irish Georgian Society.

    Comments: The stuccowork at Riverstown House is considered the finest in Ireland.

  • Title: Companion Guide to Ireland, The
    Author: Lehane, Brendan
    Year Published: 2001
    Publisher: Suffolk: Companion Guides
    ISBN: 1900639343
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Cadogan Ireland
    Author: Day, Catharina
    Year Published: 1998
    Publisher: London: Cadogan Guides
    ISBN: 1860110886
    Book Type: Softback

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

  • House Listed: Unknown

    Park Listed: Unknown

  • Current Seat / Home of: John Dooley

    Past Seat / Home of: Dr. Jemmett Browne, 18th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 35321-821-205

    Historic Houses Member: No