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You know the way I'm always going on about my local park and how nice it is? Well, here it is! You can see my house in that first photo, too. Although you can't see the effect of the oh-so-18th-century rolling hills. The second out-of-focus photo is actually of my favourite part of the park, the tree-and-crocus lined main drive. And for anyone who cares, here's the rather nice official Cabinteely House site, featuring a rather bewildering photo of two random rather posh-looking people sitting outside it. Cabinteely House is the lovely 18th century house whose grounds now form the park. And by the way, the reports of the house being turned into a cultural centre are greatly exaggerated - there's the Grainstore Youth Arts centre next door, but the house itself is very mysterious. I think it's just waiting for the day when I am so rich I can buy it and live in it. Well, I can but dream....

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mendozy
Mar. 22nd, 2004 09:14 am (UTC)
My ex-boyfriend's family used to own that house, before they gave it to the State. Not sure how far back their ownership went though, must go and have a look at the official site...
stellanova
Mar. 22nd, 2004 09:16 am (UTC)
It says on the site that the McGrath family owned it from the '30s until a few years ago. It doesn't say whether they lived in it for all of that time, though - did they? It's such a gorgeous house...
mendozy
Mar. 23rd, 2004 01:35 am (UTC)
That's them. Don't delve too deeply into their past, verrrry dodgy - don't know if you saw the documentary on the Irish Sweepstakes recently. But yeah, my ex's father grew up there, so they were certainly living there from the late '40s and I remember seeing photos and hearing stories. Imagine having the park as your back garden!
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