Marlay Grange, after snow

The last two winters in Ireland have been colder than usual, with deep snow and frozen roads. Public transport seized up and water supplies dried up. In February 2009, I was working in An Gúm, on the New English-Irish Dictionary project, first real job after college.

I was walking to work because the buses weren't running out as far as my house, and the bike was a non-starter on icy roads. As I walked past my beloved Marlay Grange, I saw the gate was partially open, as it often was (more on that later).

I resolved to get up extra early the next day, and bring my camera to work if the snow still lay. And it did, so I slipped between the gates and explored the snowy landscape, for all the world like the world of Narnia.

I took a number of photos which I wanted to share, but I delayed doing so for a number of reasons. Now there's no point in sitting on them any longer. These may be the last photos of the house intact, a very sad thought.

You can also read more about the house and grounds or take a look at the gate-lodge and its history.

Comment as you wish, click below to see the photos.

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5 Responses to “Marlay Grange, after snow”

  1. Bobby Says:

    Hi John,

    Many thanks for these great pictures of Marlay Grange. Can you email me please? I'd like to get more of the shots if possible. I recently agreed to acquire Marlay Grange with a view to restoring it to it's former glory. So the more pictures you have of both the garden and the house - the better!

    Bobby Healy

  2. Bobby Says:

    meant to say...if you could email me at my address

  3. peter Says:

    Hi John, a friend sent me on this site of yours. I lived in Marlay Grange House from when i was born in 1977 to 2001. Nice to see the pictures you've posted. I live in Paris now, but i was able to go in to Marlay and have a walk around it in December '10 when i was back in Dublin. Although there had a been a fire a few months previously so the inside was completely wrecked. Nice website you have!

  4. pat Says:

    did you buy it Bobby?

  5. Des Says:


    The photos are fantastic. Were they taken before the fire?

    I would love to know more about the history and people who lived there.

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