Kippure has a rich, fascinating history, dating back to the 1700s. The estate was originally owned by the Moore family of Kilbride, who extended it into a substantial hunting lodge, together with farm, ancillary features and a Victorian walled garden; the very epitome of classic country living.
Explore our grounds on foot, and you’ll find countless remnants of Kippure’s intriguing past. On hilltops surrounding the estate you’ll even find Neolithic passage tombs, each of them up to 5,000 years old (Seefin, Seefingan, Seahan).
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…”
Historical records show that the Moores owned Kippure Estate from 1790 to 1890. During 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 it and officially re-opened the estate in 2003.
Examples of remains from mythological and historical times which can still be found on the property or on the periphery of the estate, include:
Ruins of old hut sites, 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.