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Ballymaloe Castle, Co.Cork

  
Ballymaloe Castle, E of Cloyne, Co.Cork.
Pronounced "Ballymaloo" (and spelt "Ballymaloo" in the past).
15th-16th century tower house.

Came into possession of Sir John Fitzedmund Fitzgerald apparently in 1575.
It was his country seat. Cloyne was his town house.
Sir John lived to a great age, and his son Sir Edmund Fitzgerald also lived with him at Ballymaloe, with his wife and family.
Alterations were made by them, probably in the peace of 1603 to 1612. This early 17th century house does not survive.
Both father and son died in 1612.
The castle was seat of Edmund's son Sir John Óg Fitzgerald (died 1640).
The Fitzgerald family lost Ballymaloe Castle by 1650, in the Irish Confederate Wars and the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland.

Ballymaloe Castle became the property of Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery in 1657.
The castle later had many different owners.
A later Ballymaloe House was built.
"Queen Anne wing" added c.1709.
Part of the old castle (called "the turret") survives today.

Ballymaloe House was bought by Irish chef Myrtle Allen and her husband in 1948.
They founded a famous restaurant there in 1964. They also set up a hotel.
The house is now Ballymaloe House, Hotel and Restaurant.
Their daughter-in-law Darina Allen set up Ballymaloe Cookery School a few miles to the E (at Shanagarry, see map).
Darina Allen's daughter-in-law is chef Rachel Allen.
Ballymaloe Foods produces the well-known Ballymaloe Relish.




Ballymaloe House (incorporating part of Ballymaloe Castle).
Photo 2019. See full size.
Looking N.
At the W side (LHS) is part of the 15th-16th century castle called "the turret".
At the E side (RHS) is the "Queen Anne wing".



Ballymaloe Castle shown E of Cloyne on 1616-1620 map.
Map of the barony of Imokilly, Hardiman atlas, TCD MS 1209/44.



Ballymaloe Castle (now re-built as Ballymaloe House), Co.Cork, on 1829 to 1842 map.



Ballymaloe Castle and Ballymaloe House on modern satellite view.
See street view of NW gate.



Ballymaloe House (incorporating part of Ballymaloe Castle).
Photo 2019. See full size.
See wider shot.
See wider shot.



View from the W.
Photo 2015. From Valerie Hinojosa. Creative Commons.



View from the W.
Photo 2015. See full size. From Lindy Buckley. Creative Commons.
See other 2015 shot (and full size). From Lindy Buckley.



View from the SW side, showing the turret.
Photo 2019. See full size.



View from the NW side, showing the turret.
Photo 2019. See full size.



The "Queen Anne wing" from the stable yard.
Photo 2019. See full size.



The gate house, to the E of the main building, in the stable yard.
Some think this dates to the original 15th-16th century castle, others that it is later.
Photo 2015. See full size. From Lindy Buckley. Creative Commons.



Ballymaloe for sale in 1947.
On the wall at Ballymaloe.
See larger and full size.



Ballymaloe House.



Myrtle Allen: A Life In Food from Ballymaloe House on Vimeo.


  



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