Landed Estates
NUI Galway

Old Court [Lixnaw House]

Estate(s)
Townland Lixnaw
Civil Parish Kilcaragh
PLU Listowel
DED
County Kerry
Barony Clanmaurice
Description The Irish Tourist Association Survey refers to the "once magnificent mansion" of the Fitzmaurices, Earls of Kerry. By the 1940s only a few walls remained "supporting a henhouse and some turnip and potato pits". The survey also noted the survival of a summer house, a high circular mausoleum and a "hermitage". Bary notes that the property was home to the family for up to 500 years but fell into ruin in the later eighteenth century. It is labelled "Lixnaw House (in ruins)" on the 1st edtion Ordnance Survey map but as "Old Court" on the later 25-inch edition of the 1890s. Some ivy-covered ruins remain at the site.
Lixnaw Old Court (National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, www.buildingsofireland.ie)

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