Irish Natural Stone
Photo: David Crimmins
Photo: David Crimmins

Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare

“...built entirely of dark blue limestone, and in fine chiselled workmanship...one of the most beautiful and desirable residences in Ireland.”

John Bernard Burke, 'Visitation of Seats' 1855

Location: Quin, Co. Clare, Ireland

Architect: Victor Leyden

Irish Blue Limestone: Sanded finish

Dromoland Castle undoubtedly remains one of Ireland's finest buildings, a magnificent example of how Irish Blue Limestone has been used and esteemed throughout the centuries in this country. Ancestral royal seat to eight generations of the O'Brien Family, the castle has undergone degrees of transformation since it was originally built in 1014. Dromoland Castle, as we know it today, was reimagined and rebuilt in the 15th and 16th centuries, its present design finally completed in 1835 by the famed architects and brothers, James and George Richard Pain. Its distinctive high Gothic-style stone walls and castellations are typical of the fine baronial style of the period.

Kilkenny Limestone were chosen to consult on a major new build at the site which had been renovated to a luxury hotel resort. Cladding, capping, castellation work and elaborate door surrounds were required for the new East Wing of the castle, designed by Victor Leyden. A critical detail of the brief was matching both the colour and formation of the stone used in the classical structure to that available from existing beds of limestone. Kilkenny Limestone's unrivalled expertise in this area, coupled with the highest level of craft, are the reason we are consistently relied upon throughout the industry as the leading specialists in the production of Irish Blue Limestone for conservation projects.