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Kippure Estate's History


One of the earliest references to Kippure Estate can be found in the ‘Dublin Evening Journal’ of 28th April 1778:  “…the well-known lands of Kippure, in the County of Wicklow, 9 miles from Dublin, where there is a good farm house, stables for ten horses, great Sallow plantations, in fine Sporting Country, and leading to which there are fine Roads lately made from Dublin, Wicklow, Blessington and Naas…”

Meeting Room Wicklow
Coronation Plantation

Meeting Room Wicklow
Seefin Passage Grave


Other historical records show that the Moore family in Kilbride, Blessington, owned Kippure Estate from 1790 to 1890.  During that time, in the 1830s, Kippure House, a large hunting lodge, was built, together with an extensive farmyard, ancillary facilities and a Victorian walled garden.  In 1891 an Anglo-Irish family acquired Kippure Estate.  During the civil war in 1922 Kippure House was destroyed by fire and was left to fall into decline. The current owners, Bríd agus Tadhg Ó Cadhain, purchased Kippure, developed and officially re-opened the estate in 2003.

Examples of remnants of mythological and historical times, which can still be found on the property or on the periphery of the estate, are:

Ruins of old hut sites, and the remnants of a limekiln and some standing stones.
The Belfry, which called everyone into dinner and banquets (now our Belfry Room & House).
An unusual variety of trees growing in a circle best described as a very large 'fairy ring'.
Passage graves (Megalithic Tombs) dating from about 2000 BC on the two nearest mountain peaks.
The picturesque Coronation Plantation, which was planted in 1831 to celebrate the crowning of William IV as King of England.


irish nature heritage


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