Survey Data

Reg No

21905405


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural, Artistic


Original Use

Demesne walls/gates/railings


In Use As

Gates/railings/walls


Date

1890 - 1910


Coordinates

135675, 121757


Date Recorded

06/07/2009


Date Updated

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Description

Freestanding Egyptian style gateway to Springfield Castle, built c. 1900. Having rubble stone walls to splayed entrance, comprising central square-headed arch with battered ashlar dressed limestone piers surmounted by later inscribed concrete lintel with double-leaf wrought-iron gates. Flanked by pointed arch door openings having tooled limestone voussoirs and single-leaf wrought-iron gates. Later render pinnacled turrets and commemorative plaque to eastern end of front (south-east) elevation.

Appraisal

This unusual gateway provides a suitably grand entrance to Springfield Castle. Retaining much of its original form and fabric including dressed limestone piers, contrasting pointed arch doorways and later additions of pinnacled turrets enliven the fa├žade and complement the Gothic Revival style employed at Springfield Castle. The plaque commemorates a historic character, Daithi O'Bruadair, a seventeenth-century classical Irish poet who lived within the castle, with his patrons the Fitzgerald family. The Deane family motto is engraved above the gate: 'Forti et Fideli Nihil Difficile', which means 'To The Brave and Faithful Nothing is Impossible.'