Our Visit to Markree Castle

On Monday 26/11/2018 fifth and sixth class went on a trip to visit Markree Castle .We arrived there at 10:50am.

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Markree Castle

 

We entered Markree Castle and waited at the reception where we met our tour guide Les. He informed that the Cooper family owned the castle for over 400 years! He showed us the stained glass window at the top of the main staircase that displayed the Coopers family tree.

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A beautiful stained glass window on the grand staircase in Markree Castle. It is displaying The Cooper Family Tree.

He told us several stories about Markree Castle. The first room we went into was the main living room and it had large marble columns in it. Secondly we visited the chapel (church) it was floored with Ethiopian oak wood. It is the only Ethiopian wooden floor in Ireland!

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Ethiopian oak wooden floors in the chapel.

 

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Beautiful church pews in the chapel. These have a very interesting story associated with Napoleon himself!!

We then visited the men’s lounge room were Les told us about a time when a young child crumbled cookies into an expensive carpet. The bride was worrying about how much it would cost to get it cleaned. However, Les told her that it didn’t matter because they paid a lot of money for their wedding and it was their house for the weekend.

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We then visited the dining room, it was huge! It was very fancy and had several chandeliers. The original dining room that came with the hotel was smaller but the Corscadden family built an extension and moved the kitchen, making the dining room bigger.

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The dining room

He then told us of the ghost haunting Markree Castle named Pippa. The story is that a young child died after falling down the stairs of Markree Castle. We don’t know the name of the child when she was alive, but Les’ wife named her Pippa. Pippa is very mischievous and often plays tricks on people, like locking them in their room and causing them to drop trays and items. One Christmas before leaving for Cavan, the owners bought Pippa a Christmas present. This stopped her causing trouble. An American couple who came to Ireland especially to get married in Markree Castle brought with them presents for Pippa. Their wedding went of without a hitch!

We went to Johnny  cash room which is number 28. Johnny  cash and his wife June stayed there for Halloween in 1990. We also saw a room that the floor and roof matched.

We went to a with a huge billiards table with old fashioned  balls that were approximately 250 years old.

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Les showing us the old billiard balls. Imagine they are approximately 250 years old!!!

We went down to the basement it had two bars and a disco floor. There was an Irish flag hanging in the Grand Hall that is more expensive than what it cost to renovate Markree Castle itself. It is from the Easter Rising in 1916 Where it flew from Boland’s Mill in Dublin.

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There is a story of a two year old girl who was staying in the castle. One night she woke up her mum up as she was talking. Her Mum  came over to her and asked who she was speaking to. The little girl pointed to the corner and said “My friend”. There was nobody there!!! Was it Pippa???

We also got to visit the boathouse and the large gardens. We thoroughly enjoyed our day and would highly recommend visiting if you ever get the opportunity.

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Exploring the grounds of Markree Castle

We would like to say a massive thanks you to Les, the staff and the Corscadden family for having us. We had a fantastic time!