Our destination this morning was Curraghmore House for the Bluebell Festival, a benefit supporting cancer patients.
Curraghmore House in Waterford is the historic home of the 9th Marquis of Waterford, Henry de la Poer Beresford also known as Lord Waterford. His ancestors (the de la Poers) came to Ireland from Normandy following a 100-year stopover in Wales around 1170.
Some 2,500 acres of formal gardens, woodland and grazing fields make this the largest private demesne in Ireland.
A Folly - The Shell House Photo Helen Tilston
The Shell House
Hidden in a shrubbery near the main House at Curraghmore, is the most enchanting Shell House, created by Catherine Countess of Tyrone with 'her proper' hands in 1754.
Statue of Catherine, Countess of Tyrone by John Van Nost
The decoration of the folly took her 261 days to complete and the intricate patterns of shells from all over the world still glow with colour above a statue of the Countess by John van Nost.
Interior of Shell House Photo Helen Tilston
Records indicate that Lady Catherine herself negotiated with Captains of ships sailing to and from the important Georgian Harbour at Waterford to collect and return shells to her from all over the World.
We were thrilled to meet Lord Waterford at the Shell House and hear from him about it's construction.
I apologize for the quality of my photos, taken on i-Phone on an overcast Sunday.