Coolcarrigan

Park or garden open Open to pre-booked groups (minimum 6) Open to individuals Available for weddings Available for functions or corporate events Available as a film location

Coolcarrigan, Coill Dubh, Naas, Kildare, Ireland

t: 045 863524 and 863527
f: 045 847998
e: rww@coolcarrigan.ie
w: http://www.coolcarrigan.ie

The House

Coolcarrigan is an attractive house of three bays and two stories in the Georgian style, built in the 1830s by Robert Mackay Wilson to the designs of an unknown architect.

The façade has hooded moldings over the upper windows, a simple parapet and a typical late-Georgian door with fanlight and sidelights, while the central bay is treated as a breakfront by the addition of a pair of pilasters. Two later curved screen walls, ending in tall piers, project outwards to either side of the entrance front and disguise the fact that the house has been considerably enlarged at the rear. These additions make Coolcarrigan a very comfortable family home.

There is an important small Church of Ireland church in the grounds. Consecrated in 1885 and built in the Hiberno-Romanesque Revival style, with a Round Tower and a High Cross, it derives from the 12th century Temple Finghin at Clonmacnoise on the River Shannon. This tiny complex, surrounded by trees and a dry moat, is the most complete example of the Celtic Revival style in Ireland and makes an attractive view from the house.

The church interior has frescoes in Gaelic script, specially chosen by Douglas Hyde, the first President of Ireland and a close family friend, while the very good stained glass windows, dedicated to various members of the family, are also in the Celtic Revival style.

The main avenue has a splendid display of spring bulbs while the superb twenty-acre garden has a wonderful collection of rare and unusual trees and shrubs inspired by Sir Harold Hillier, the great 20th century plantsman and collector. An elaborate 1900s greenhouse in the walled garden has just been authentically restored.

Robert Wilson's daughter Georgina married Sir Almroth Wright, and inherited Coolcarrigan. Her husband was an eminent physician and a colleague of Alexander Fleming, who worked on the development of vaccination and discovered the cure for typhoid. Among his friends was the playwright George Bernard Shaw, whose play ‘The Doctor’s Dilemma’ is based upon Sir Almroth.

Their descendants, the Wilson-Wright family, still live at Coolcarrigan, the fifth generation to live in the house. 

Information

Park or garden open

Open to pre-booked groups (minimum 6)

Open to individuals

Available for weddings

Available for functions or corporate events

Available as a film location

Opening Hours

Open 9.00 am to 1.00 pm

August 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21th, 22th, 23th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st

September 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th, and 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th.

October 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th

Open at other times by prior arrangement

Open all year round to groups (15 minimum) by prior arrangement.

Tea, coffee and lunch can be arranged for groups, by prior arrangement only