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Cabinteely House Tour by Ann Treacy
July 18, 2011, 9:09 pm
Filed under: Dublin

Patrick grew up in Cabinteely. We have had many arguments over the years over whether it’s a suburb or urban village. But I can tell you it’s a suburb. His mother lives in the house where he grew up and we stay here when we’re in Dublin. We know it pretty well. But last week we got to see something new – the inside of the big Cabinteely House. The Cabinteely House would have been one of the big estates back in the day – and by back in the day I mean mid 1700’s. The house was built for Robert Nugent. He is known for marrying rich windows and his name gives us the terms nugentize – which means to marry rich widows.

More recently the house was owned by the McGraths who ran the Irish Sweepstakes. Apparently his family lived in the house until the mid-1970’s, which is kind of amazing considering that it’s huge and not at all modern. Eventually the house went to the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council. They maintain it. I think it’s mostly sustained by being used in various movies. The perk of being a movie location is that the curtains and other props made for the filming in the house stay with the house. So it appears to be very well maintained although a good share of the furniture and decorations are replicas.

The tour of the house included very fun actors, which helps me actually remember some of the details. The tour doesn’t include the surrounding park – but our pictures do. As you can see there are some fun sculptures.

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