Adare Manor is a mansion located on the banks of the River Maigue in the village of Adare, County Limerick, Ireland, the former seat of the Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl. The present house was built in the early 19th century, but retains some of the walls of the 17th-century structure. It is now Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort, a luxury resort hotel.


The first mention of a manor house in the country following the Norman invasion of Ireland. 1226, King Henry III gave a contribution to the Justiciary Ireland Geoffroi the Morreis (de Marisco) to hold an eight-day annual fair for the feast of St. James on his Adare Manor. [3]

The lands later was granted to the Earl of Kildare, members of the Welsh-Norman FitzGerald family who came to Ireland in 1169. In 1536, denhandling of attainder was passed against Thomas FitzGerald, 10th Earl of Kildare, whose lands, castles and mansions were forfeited to the Crown.

In a letter dated March 24, 1547, the boy King Edward VI granted the Earls of Desmond ‘estates and possessions, and Croom Adare, County Limerick, to keep for life. ” [4] The contribution was short-lived; the Desmond Rebellions took control of the land to St. Leger family. For the next century, countries have gone from 10 families: St. Leger, Zouch, gold, Rigges, Wallop, Norreis (Norris), Jephson., Evans, Ormesby (Ormsby), and then Quin [5]

Thady Quin, Esq. (1645-1726) in Gortfadda, County Leitrim, bought the group in 1669 and continued to add to the surrounding soil through 1702. He was the last land grant Adare, December 16, 1684 to hold the land for a thousand years “payment Gilbert Ormsby and his heirs rent of £ 230. ” [6] the earliest part of the first mansion was probably a public oblong towers, probably built by Thady Quin in the late 17th century. [3]

The deed transportation, February 23, 1721 transferred the following land to Thady eldest son, Valentine Quin:

The farm Adare extended north nearly to Shannon, and perceived a significant part of the parishes of Kildimo and Chapel Russell and the northwestern part of Adareplacera in the barony of Coshma, with part of Drehidtarsna and parts of Kilkeedy and Croom, located in the Barony Pubblebrien. The Manor of Tobernea was put in the southeastern part of the county, which covers the extreme southern part of the Barony of Coshma, with the adjacent part of Coshlea, and contained a considerable part of the parishes of Effin, Ballingarry and Kilbreedy Minor

– Caroline Wyndham-Quin, Countess of Dunraven, Monuments from Adare Manor, 1865

Valentine Quin was the grandfather of Valentine Richard Quin (1752-1824), the first Earl of Dunraven. Valentine Richard Quin, MP for Kilmallock (1799-1800), was created a Baronet of Great Britain in 1781 and was elevated to the peerage in 1800 as Baron Adare. He was taken to a Viscountcy 1816 Viscount Mount Earl and became Viscount Adare and the first Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl February 5 1822. He chose the title Dunraven honor of his daughter-in-law Caroline Wyndham, daughter and heiress of Thomas by Wyndham Dunraven Castle, which in 1810 had married his eldest son and heir, Henry Windham Quin.

Around 1785, the first Earl of Dunraven made significant changes in Adare Manor, raising more walls and switch the input from the south front to the northwest side. [7] In 1786, was described as “a very noble structure with fine and extensive demesnes. ” [8]

Valentine Richard Quin’s earldom lasted only two years; on his death in 1824 the title went to Windham Henry Quin, the second Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl. The new Earl, who suffers avgikt and confined indoors, remodeled their home, turning it from a classical Georgian mansion in a large Tudor Revival mansion. [9] To build the new mansion involved the reconstruction, expansion and subsequent demolition of the former 18 century mansion in the Quin family. [1] started in 1832, construction provided work for people from the surrounding villagers during the potato famine. [2]

Some of the old walls of the mansion was preserved and encased in the new work, including the north and south walls of the dining room, and the walls between hall and gallery. When the walls of the old tower was broken to form the door between the hall and gallery, a silver coin “of considerable antiquity” was discovered. [10] The design was still unfinished at the death of the second earl in 1850, after which the family consultant architect Philip Charles Hardwick, who ” with a lot of talent and they closed the southern and western fronts, for their own motives, after the general plan as intended by the late Earl, “the widow wrote. [11]

Even Lady Caroline claimed that the Adare Manor completely planned by her husband at first, [2] the first architectural plans for the house were made by James and George Richard Pain. The client dispensed with his services, however, around 1838, and Lord Dunraven continued with the design of the house itself with the help of English architect Lewis Cottingham Nock Almighty. The initial phase of construction was completed in the master mason, James Connolly, along with the other Earl of Dunraven and his wife, who incorporated their favorite buildings in the design. [1]

Augustus Pugin was hired in 1846 to design a portion of the interior features, including the great hall. The three-story Southern range and the tower with pyramidal roof, supplemented by the third Earl of Dunraven between 1850 and 1862, was built to the design of Philip Charles Hardwick. [1]

An inscription on the eastern front of the Adare Manor celebrates “James Connolly Adare, masons, faithful friend and servant of the Earl of Dunraven, from AD 1831 to his death in 1852.” [12]

The new mansion was built of large blocks of gray, red and brown limestone.On the battlements of the southern front, a verse from Psalm 127: 1 is etched in old English characters: “Except the Lord build the house: their labor but lost that build it.” Another verse “Love God onely,” “Honor and obey the Queen” and “Eschew evil and do good” is carved on the colonnade. [11]

At the time of Griffith’s Valuation 1868, the property was valued at only £ 130 (equivalent to £ 10,549 in 2015); 1906 buildings at Adare Manor was valued at just £ 182 (equivalent to £ 17,655 in 2015). [8]

subsequent reaction

Thady Wyndham-Quin, 7th Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl (1939-2011), who was paralyzed by polio during a school, lived with his family in a nearby house called Kilgobbin House. Unable to bear the cost of maintaining the Adare Manor, he sold it and its contents in 1982 an investment consortium.In 1987 the house was bought by Thomas Kane Irish American from Florida.[13] It was then renovated and remodeled to become the Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort. [2]

On January 30, 2015 Adare Manor was bought by Limerick businessman JP McManus for an estimated 30 million €. McManus host pro-am golf event at Adare in 2005 and 2010. [14] On 28 and 29 January 2016 many of the hotels contents were sold at public auction. [15]


The building is a calendar house, with 365 windows and 52 chimneys, among other design features. Along the top of the building an extract of Psalm 127: 1 is made of carved stone “Except the Lord build the house, then labor but lost that built it.”

Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort

The house is located on a 840 acre (3.4 km 2 ) property and now works as a five-star hotel, featuring Adare Golf Club, Lavender Cottage, townhouses and villas on the rest of the resort. Adare Manor was voted ‘Ireland’s Leading Hotel “at the World Travel Awards 2010, 2011 and 2012 and” World’s Leading Boutique Golf Resort “in 2012. [16] From the spring of 2016 the main hotel remains closed for renovation, but the villas are still in operation. [17]


Adare Golf Club, an 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., was added to the resort in 1995 and was the site of the Irish Open in 2007 and 2008. It also played host to JP McManus Invitational Pro Am in 2005 and 2010.[18] McManus has confirmed Invitational Pro Am will return to Adare Manor in either 2016 or 2017. [19]

Adare Manor Golf Club, founded in 1900, is not part of the Adare Manor Resort.


A cricket ground has been added to the mansion and became the home of Limerick Cricket Club, a club in Munster Cricket Union in 2011, therefore ended the nomadic nature of the club. The club has been remarkably successful in his first year playing in the ground.

In popular culture

Adare Manor and its grounds were used for the 1977 comedy The Last Remake of Beau Geste , starring Marty Feldman, Ann-Margret and Michael York. [20]

In 2010, Adare Manor served as judges houses for Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh on The X Factor . [21]


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  13. Jump up ^ Alan Cowell (20 June 1999). “Cash of the Irish speak in the palace.” The New York Times. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
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  21. Jump up ^ “Beautiful Adare Manor shows it has the X Factor.” Limerick Leader. 28 August 2010. Retrieved May 17, 2015.