Lough Glynn House

Lough Glynn House is an extensive building comprising house, church, school and out buildings. It overlooks an artificial lake and is surrounded by a demense. 

The house was built by the Dillon family in 1750. It has a grand entrance that leads off into various large hallways and into the living area of the house.  The house suffered a fire in the late 19th century and had it's top mansard floor removed. After this time Lough Glynn house went through its first period of abandonment. 

In 1903 the estate was sold to the church.  A convent was opened, teaching young women Home Economics. The sisters established a dairy and Lough Glynn butter and cheese was famous all over the world.

Photograph from loughglynn.blogspot.ie

In the 1970's a nursing home was opened for retired Sisters of the convent.  Later on the nursing home took on other patients.

The church was built in the 1960's.

The church building is divided into 3 floors.  The distinctive window runs the height of the building.  The top floor of the church was converted into nursing home accommodation.  The rooms are like cells, and the whole construction has no ceiling. The roof is open and exposed to the elements.

The convent estate was sold to different people.  There were plans to turn it into a lakeside hotel.   It has been in a derelict condition for a few years. Large sections of the roof have been removed and the whole building is suffering extensive water damage.
 In 2013 Lough Glynn house is for sale again.  

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  1. Wonderful photos Sarah.

  2. I was there today! I wish I had the money to rescue it - and tear down the hideous 1960s church.

    1. It's a very special place, thats for sure, even the church!


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