Il presente

Giardino e tiro con l'arco

Oggi i suoi giardinieri Mike, David, Pat e Patrick lavorano ancora il terreno arricchito di alghe, coltivando fiori per le api e la tavola, nonché verdure ed erbe per la cucina. Al riparo dai venti dell'Atlantico, una linea di tiro con l'arco in paglia tradizionale permette agli amici e alla famiglia di fare un ulteriore passo indietro in un'epoca passata.

The Incredible Story of

Castello di Derryquin

But whats missing is it’s context, once upon at time it lay next to a castle now buried beneath, where it once stood majestically. This is its story and the Bland and Warden families that owned and lived within this Victorian faux gothic castle.

A Yorkshire family

The Derryquin Blands

The Blands of Derryquin Castle Demense were a Yorkshire family, the first of whom Rev. James Bland came to Ireland in 1692 and from 1693 was vicar of Killarney. His son Nathaniel, a judge and vicar general of Ardfert and Aghadoe obtained a grant of land in 1732 which would later become the Derryquin Estate. Derryquin Castle was the third house of the Blands on this land but it is not known when it was first constructed, its earliest written mention being in 1837, however it was indicated some decades earlier by Nimmo in his 1812 map.

The Early Years

A self supporting community

The estate is said to have reached its zenith under the guidance of James Franklin Bland (1799-1863). His nephew the well known architect James Franklin Fuller described the castle estate in his
autobiography as a largely self-supporting community busy with sawmill, carpenter’s shop, forge as well as farming and gardening. A fish pond existed on the water’s edge just below the castle, alternatively described as being self-replenishing with the tide or restocked from a trawler.

I Blandi di Parknasilla

Change is on the way

The castle itself consisted of a three-storey main block with a four-storey octagonal tower rising through the centre and a two storey partly curved wing branching off in a western direction. Major renovations were carried out and a significant additional wing running southwest, overlooking the coastline was added sometime between 1895 and 1904.

James Franklin Bland’s death in 1863 the estate passed to his son Francis Christopher, the estate slipped into decline during the time that he was absent while travelling and preaching on Christian ministry, this being during the years of land agitation in Ireland. Part of the estate was sold in the landed estates court in 1873 but ultimately the decline continued with the remainder being sold in 1891.

The unpopular new owner

Colonel Charles Wallace Warden

It was bought in 1891 for £30,000 by Colonel Charles Wallace Warden. He had retired in 1895 as Colonel of the Middlesex Regiment (previously known as the 57th) He had seen action in the Zulu War of 1879 and on his death on 9th March 1953 in his 98th year was its oldest survivor. He also fought with the Imperial Yeomanry in the Boer War. As landlord of Derryquin he was highly unpopular with tenants and neighbours alike, his behaviour regularly mentioned in Parliament. After the burning of Derryquin Castle he retired to Buckland-tout-Saints in Devon and acquired an estate there with his payment from the burning of Derryquin.

Castello di Derryquin

BBC Feature

However in 2014 Derryquin castle rose again out of the ashes to feature in a novel by Christopher Bland chairman of the BBC who having discovered a photo of his ancestors decided to write the novel Ashes in the Wind it interweaves the destinies of two families: the Anglo-Irish Burkes and the Catholic Irish Sullivans, beginning in 1919 with a shocking murder and the burning of the Burkes’ ancestral castle in Kerry. Childhood friends John Burke and Tomas Sullivan will find themselves on opposite sides of an armed struggle that engulfs Ireland. Only 60 years later will the triumphant and redemptive finale of this enthralling story be played out.

Castello di Derryquin

Fitting End

Its only fitting that this once beautiful castle should end up it the world of the imagination and its days of inspiring a new stories is a creative well that will not be dried up for a long time yet. You see a walled garden is a magical place its just the portal to a deeper history of our enchanted land.