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    GRAND DESIGNS C4 - Rockingham Castle, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

    A RESTORED castle on the shores of Lough Key in Co Roscommon is to feature on Channel 4’s popular Grand Designs programme this week. Cloontykilla Castle, known locally as Rockingham Castle, was bought by local actor Seán Simon in 1997, who has spent €1.2 million on it in recent years despite the recession.



    Restoration work in 2008 at the end of the boom, but carried on despite the problems he faced in accessing finance.
    Simon hopes to open the castle next summer. He has already had a high-profile visitor in Prince Michael of Greece, a first cousin of Prince Philip. Prince Michael is a regular visitor to Ireland. “He is fascinated with Irish castles,” said Simon. “He’s actually considered a world authority on ghosts . . . He was told there is a verified ghost in Cloontykilla.”

    He is hoping to rent out the castle as an upmarket marriage venue and has installed a state-of- the-art music studio in the basement for artists to use.

    The castle was originally built in 1839 and was designed by architect John Nash, who designed Buckingham Palace, and built by Lord Stafford King Harman. The Stafford King Harmans left Ireland in 1957 after a fire destroyed the living quarters in Rockingham Castle. Bringing the building back to life has been “a tough job because restoration is twice as hard as a new build”, Simon said.

    Eight en-suite bedrooms have been fitted out along with a roof garden, as the roof is completely flat. The building is now 75 per cent finished. Simon is attempting to incorporate a Tudor design and Grand Designs will come back next year to see it completed. “They’ll have a whole new show out of it,” he said.
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    When is it on or is it a repeat?

    Like a bit of grand designs so i do...
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    John McGahern based one of his short stories there "The Rockingham Shoot"

    John Milton's famous poem Lycidas mourns the death of his friend, drowned in the Irish sea near Holyhead. This friend was Edward King of the King family who owned the estate.

    It is a very beautiful place there by Lough Key... The Forest Park is a great family day out with woodland walks, boat trips, zip wires etc.....
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    Great to see this historic building is being restored, as long as it is done properly. Any new elements shouldn't be made to look old or aged, they should simply be made to look as they are - new. As an architecture student, I have seen some really awful attempts at restoration and it isn't good to see old landmarks like this being desecrated. If it can be restored and brought tastfully back into use then thats brilliant news!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boggle View Post
    When is it on or is it a repeat?

    Like a bit of grand designs so i do...
    Saw an ad last night saying the new series was starting either today or tmrw at 9pm on Channel.4. Think it was Thursday but double check!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gatsbygirl20 View Post
    John McGahern based one of his short stories there "The Rockingham Shoot"

    John Milton's famous poem Lycidas mourns the death of his friend, drowned in the Irish sea near Holyhead. This friend was Edward King of the King family who owned the estate.

    It is a very beautiful place there by Lough Key... The Forest Park is a great family day out with woodland walks, boat trips, zip wires etc.....
    And the opening paragraphs of 'Old-Fashioned' are a marvellous description of the locale and its inhabitants.
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    Today wed 12th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burnout View Post
    The castle was originally built in 1839 and was designed by architect John Nash, who designed Buckingham Palace, and built by Lord Stafford King Harman. The Stafford King Harmans left Ireland in 1957 after a fire destroyed the living quarters in Rockingham Castle. Bringing the building back to life has been “a tough job because restoration is twice as hard as a new build”, Simon said.
    The first picture that was shown was of the castle on the Island which is a different structure altogether , The actual castle now shown above, is in woodlands on the shore of the Lake. It was Rockingham House that was destroyed in 1957 not the castle. The house is now demolished and in its place is stood a salvaged section of the old Ballymun flats , now called Moylurg Tower.

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    tape it, watch mrs biggs, great autumn tv....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonsai Experiment View Post
    The first picture that was shown was of the castle on the Island which is a different structure altogether , The actual castle now shown above, is in woodlands on the shore of the Lake. It was Rockingham House that was destroyed in 1957 not the castle. The house is now demolished and in its place is stood a salvaged section of the old Ballymun flats , now called Moylurg Tower.

    Visited the place in 1958 with my father.

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