County Kilkenny: THE DESARTS OF DESART COURT

Bequeathing a legacy that had a lasting impact throughout the twentieth century the Desarts of Desart Court ranked amongst the most influential of the landed gentry in County Kilkenny. Ellen Odette Desart (née Bischoffsheim), fourth Countess of Desart (1857-1933) in particular helped to shape much of the cultural life of the city through the promotion of industry at Talbotsinch Village (1869-1904), the establishment of the Kilkenny Theatre (1903), the opening of the library (1910), the founding of a hospital (1915) in honour of her brother-in-law Otway Frederick Seymour Cuffe (1853-1915), and so on. Desart Court (1773), the family home, was burnt in 1923 and subsequently demolished.

P.T. Murphy, High Street, GARDENS (ST. JOHN'S PAR.), Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

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Terraced four-bay three-storey over basement red brick house, c.1725, possibly originally two separate two-bay three-storey houses incorporating medieval fabric, pre-1700, to basement. Renovated, 1903, with shopfront inserted to right ground floor. Renovated, post-1903, with replica shopfront inserted to left ground floor. Restored, 2004. Pitched slate roof with clay ridge tiles, and cast-iron rainwater goods on…


Kilkenny City Carnegie Free Library, John's Quay, GARDENS (ST. JOHN'S PAR.), Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

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Detached three-bay single-storey Classical-style Carnegie Free Library, opened 1910, with prostyle diastyle Doric portico to centre on a bowed plan, single-bay single-storey gabled flanking end bays, and four-bay single-storey side elevations. Pitched artificial slate roofs on a U-shaped plan (gabled to end bays; forming hips to corners) with terracotta ridge tiles, pitched artificial slate roof…


Zuni (Kilkenny Theatre), Patrick Street Lower, GARDENS (ST. PATRICK'S PAR.), Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

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Terraced two-bay three-storey house, c.1750. Extensively renovated, 1902, with rendered façade enrichments added to accommodate use as theatre. Closed, 1962. Subsequently in commercial use, post-1962. Extensively renovated, post-2001, with interior remodelled to accommodate use as hotel. Pitched roof behind parapet with replacement slate, post-2001, clay ridge tiles, red and yellow brick Running bond chimney stacks…


Ossory Youth Centre (Desart Hall), Lower New Street, GARDENS (ST. PATRICK'S PAR.), Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

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Detached five-bay two-storey hall, built 1914, on a H-shaped plan with three-bay two-storey curvilinear gabled central bay having single-bay single-storey flat-roofed projecting porch to centre ground floor, and three-bay two-storey side elevations having single-bay two-storey curvilinear gabled advanced end bays. Refenestrated. Pitched slate roofs on a H-shaped plan (gabled to central bay) over steel construction…


Greenvale Woollen Mills (Kilkenny Bleach Mills), Bleach Road, BLEACHGREEN, Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

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Bleach mill complex, c.1800, including: (i) Attached six-bay two-storey mill building with attic. Renovated, 1905, to accommodate use as woollen mill. In use, 1945-6. Reroofed, c.1950. Now disused. Pitched roof with replacement corrugated-asbestos, c.1950, concrete ridge tiles, rooflights, and iron rainwater goods on rendered eaves. Unpainted roughcast walls over random rubble limestone construction. Square-headed window…


Oak Lodge (House), TALBOTSINCH, Talbotsinch Village, County Kilkenny

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Detached three-bay two-storey Arts-and-Crafts-style mill manager's house, built 1896-9, on an L-shaped plan with canted bay window to right ground floor, single-bay single-storey chamfered re-entrant entrance bay leading into single-bay two-storey projecting end bay to left having two-storey box bay window, and two-bay single-storey wing to right having canted bay window to left. Extended, c.1975,…


Aut Even House, TALBOTSINCH, Talbotsinch Village, County Kilkenny

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Detached six-bay two-storey Arts-and-Crafts-style house, completed 1907, with single-bay single-storey projecting porch to right ground floor, and two-bay single-storey wing with dormer attic to right having single-bay single-storey gabled projecting lower bay to right. Hipped gabled roofs (including to porch; pitched to wing; gabled to dormer attic window and to projecting lower bay) with clay…


TALBOTSINCH, Talbotsinch Village, County Kilkenny

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Semi-detached four-bay two-storey Arts-and-Crafts-style foreman's house, built 1896-9, originally thatched with single-bay single-storey gabled projecting porch, and shared single-bay two-storey gabled end bay to right. Reroofed, c.1950. Part refenestrated. One of a pair. Pitched (shared) roof (gabled to porch; gabled to end bay) with replacement clay tile, c.1950, laid in diagonal courses, terracotta ridge tiles,…


TALBOTSINCH, Talbotsinch Village, County Kilkenny

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End-of-terrace three-bay single-storey Arts-and-Crafts-style house, built 1896-9, originally thatched with two-bay single-storey advanced end bay to left. Reroofed, c.1950. One of a group of three. Hipped (shared) roof (hipped to end bay) with replacement clay tile, c.1950, laid in diagonal courses, terracotta ridge tiles, squared rubble limestone (shared) chimney stack, slightly sproketed eaves, and cast-iron…


TALBOTSINCH, Talbotsinch Village, County Kilkenny

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End-of-terrace five-bay single-storey Arts-and-Crafts-style house with dormer attic, built 1896-9, with two-bay single-storey gabled projecting end bay to right. One of a group of three. Hipped and pitched (shared) roofs (gabled to end bay) with clay tile, clay ridge tiles, red brick Common (seventh course headers) bond chimney stacks having saw tooth-profiled courses, rooflights, timber…


TALBOTSINCH, Talbotsinch Village, County Kilkenny

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Terraced three-bay single-storey Arts-and-Crafts-style house, built 1896-9. One of a group of three. Pitched (shared) roof with clay tile, clay ridge tiles, red brick Common (seventh course headers) bond (shared) chimney stacks having saw tooth-profiled courses, sproketed eaves, and cast-iron rainwater goods on slightly overhanging rendered eaves. Painted roughcast walls over random rubble limestone construction…


TALBOTSINCH, Talbotsinch Village, County Kilkenny

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End-of-terrace three-bay single-storey Arts-and-Crafts-style house with dormer attic, built 1896-9, with two-bay single-storey gabled projecting end bay to right. One of a group of three. Hipped and pitched (shared) roof (gabled to end bay) with clay tile, clay ridge tiles, red brick Common (seventh course headers) bond chimney stacks having saw tooth-profiled courses, rooflights, timber…


TALBOTSINCH, Talbotsinch Village, County Kilkenny

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End-of-terrace two-bay two-storey Arts-and-Crafts-style house, built 1904, with single-bay two-storey gabled advanced end bay to right. One of a pair forming part of a group of six. Mansard (shared) slate roof (gabled mansard to end bay) with clay ridge tiles, rendered (shared) tapered chimney stack, timber bargeboards, sproketed eaves, and cast-iron rainwater goods on overhanging…


TALBOTSINCH, Talbotsinch Village, County Kilkenny

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Terraced single-bay two-storey Arts-and-Crafts-style house, built 1904. Now disused. One of a pair forming part of a group of six. Mansard (shared) slate roof (lean-to to window openings to first floor) with clay ridge tiles, rendered (shared) tapered chimney stack, sproketed eaves, and cast-iron rainwater goods on overhanging timber eaves. Painted roughcast walls. Square-headed window…


TALBOTSINCH, Talbotsinch Village, County Kilkenny

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Terraced three-bay two-storey Arts-and-Crafts-style house, built 1904, with single-bay two-storey gabled advanced end bay to left. One of a pair forming part of a group of six. Mansard (shared) slate roof (gabled mansard (shared) to end bay; lean-to to window opening to right first floor) with clay ridge tiles, rendered tapered chimney stacks, timber bargeboards,…


TALBOTSINCH, Talbotsinch Village, County Kilkenny

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Terraced two-bay single-storey Arts-and-Crafts-style house with dormer attic, built 1903, originally thatched. Reroofed, c.1950. One of a group of six. Pitched (shared) roof (hipped gabled (shared) to half-dormer attic window) with replacement clay tile, c.1950, laid in diagonal courses, terracotta ridge tiles, rendered (shared) chimney stack, slightly sproketed eaves, and cast-iron rainwater goods on slightly…


TALBOTSINCH, Talbotsinch Village, County Kilkenny

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Terraced two-bay single-storey Arts-and-Crafts-style house with dormer attic, built 1903, originally thatched. Reroofed, c.1950. One of a pair forming part of a group of six. Pitched (shared) roof (gabled (shared) to half-dormer attic window) with replacement clay tile, c.1950, laid in diagonal courses, terracotta ridge tiles, rendered (shared) chimney stack, slightly sproketed eaves, and cast-iron…


TALBOTSINCH, Talbotsinch Village, County Kilkenny

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Terraced two-bay single-storey Arts-and-Crafts-style house with dormer attic, built 1903, originally thatched. Reroofed, c.1950. One of a pair forming part of a group of six. Pitched (shared) roof (gabled (shared) to half-dormer attic window) with replacement clay tile, c.1950, laid in diagonal courses, terracotta ridge tiles, rendered (shared) chimney stack, slightly sproketed eaves, and cast-iron…


TALBOTSINCH, Talbotsinch Village, County Kilkenny

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End-of-terrace two-bay single-storey Arts-and-Crafts-style house with dormer attic, built 1903, originally thatched. Reroofed, c.1950. One of a group of six. Hipped gabled (shared) roof (hipped gabled (shared) to half-dormer attic window) with replacement clay tile, c.1950, laid in diagonal courses, terracotta ridge tiles, rendered (shared) chimney stack, slightly sproketed eaves, and cast-iron rainwater goods on…


TALBOTSINCH, Talbotsinch Village, County Kilkenny

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Village green, established 1896-9, with sections of wrought iron railings to perimeter of site having cast-iron colonette piers supporting wrought iron gate, and random rubble limestone boundary wall to west having squared rubble limestone 'battlemented' coping.