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Ballea Castle Auction Set For Easter Weekend

BALLEA CASTLE, Carrigaline is to be the venue for a two-day auction over the Easter Weekend.

A mixed bag of around 1,200 lots from the 17th-century fortified tower house overlooking the Owenabue River — originally the site of a 15th-century McCarthy castle — will be offered by Doneraile-based auctioneer Aidan Foley.

Ballea Castle is situated on a cliff overlooking the Owenabue River in Carrigaline and is a three-storey tower with a more recent two storey wing making an L-plan structure. The building has prominent crenulations, and the large windows show that it is designed as a residence rather than a fortress. There is a large White Horse painted on a cliff face below the castle which can be seen from the Ballea Road.

Legends Legend has it that one of the Hodder daughters fell in love with a local farmer’s son. Her father was furious, wanting her to marry a man of his choice and an argument ensued. The daughter’s horse bolted over the edge of the cliff, with both daughter and horse falling to their deaths. The White Horse was painted on the cliff to mark this fateful day.

Ballea Castle was also the official residence of Papal Ambassador during the visit of Pope John Paul II.On Saturday, April 20th, Aidan Foley will sell outside effects, architectural salvage and the contents of an old Carrigaline hardware shop, Roberts Hardware. 

Among them are a pair of ornate cast-iron walled-garden gates and a Regency balcony stand from the historic Pittville Circus development in Cheltenham, along with a pair of cast-iron Marine Cannons.

There is cut limestone, urns, garden statuary, cast-iron furniture and cafe bar chairs, tables and stools, all on offer also.Contents of the private residence and Ballea Castle antiques are to be sold on Easter Sunday.

Items include, watercolour painting by Maurice Wilks, a pencil sketch by John B Yeats, works by Brian Fielding and Megan Eustace, and bronzes by Eoin O’Connor.

Among the furniture highlights is a Georgian Walnut Chest on stand, an Inlaid Mahogany Walnut and Dressing table set, a Mahogany Dining Table, a large gilt mirror and an Arts and Crafts Four-poster bed. The library includes books of Cork interest and there is a four-piece Georgian Silver Tea Set and a Cork silver collection. Collectibles include silver plates, militaria, paintings, prints and porcelain.

Viewing are from 11am to 6pm on April 18th and 19th.

All details can be found on or Contact Aidan Foley 086 8290680

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