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Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrThe Adare Manor is located in the village of Adare in County Limerick , Ireland. The Manor is a 19th-century manor house that acted as the former seat of the Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl. Over the years, the Adare Manor was rebuilt into the Tudor style seen today. Eventually, the manor was sold out by the original family and became a luxury resort hotel situated on the banks of the River Maigue. The Adare Manor Hotel features an 18-hole championship golf course and cricket grounds.
HistoryThe original Adare Manor, called the Quin Manor, was built between the years of 1720 and 1730 by the Quins. The Quin family had ancestors that were chiefs of the clan, Hy Ifearnan, that gave their names to the Inchiquin and became the Earls of Dunraven. The Quin family is one of the few that are of true Gaelic origin. Thady Quin settled in the Adare region and built the first Quin Manor.
In 1832, Windham Henry Quin, the 2nd Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl decided to rebuild the Quin Manor, turning it into the Tudor style manor that is seen today. The massive undertaking employed those from surrounding villages and aided them during the great potato famine that devastated Ireland in the mid-19th century. Unfortunately, the 2nd Earl of Dunraven did not live to see the completion of the project as he passed away in 1862. The new manor was built entirely around the old Quin Manor of which was demolished once the new Adare Manor was nearing completion.
Over time, the Adare Manor was handed down to Thady Wyndham-Quin, the 7th Earl of Dunraven and Mount Earl. After many years, Thady found himself unable to continue with the expense of maintaining the large estate and sold the Adare Manor in 1984 to an Irish-American named Tom Kane. Kane purchased the property, sight-unseen, and first laid eyes on the impressive manor upon his arrival in Ireland. Kane converted the Adare Manor into the Adare Manor Hotel and even went so far as trying to retrieve some of the artifacts that had belonged to the manor in the past so that he could restore them to the property.
The Manor TodayThe Adare Manor Hotel sits on 840 acres of land and continues to operate as a five star hotel. In 1995, the Adare Golf Club, an 18-hole championship course was added and served as the setting for the Irish Open in 2007 and 2008. A cricket grounds was added in 2011 and serves as the home grounds for the Limerick Cricket Club.
Additionally, the Adare Manor Hotel was voted Ireland's Leading Hotel in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Getting ThereIf arriving at the Shannon International Airport, driving to the Manor is a short 25 minutes. The city of Cork is only 62 miles away on the N20 and Killarney is about the same distance on the N21. If coming from Limerick, the Adare Manor Hotel is 10 miles north-east.
Nearby SightsThe Adare Manor Hotel is ideally situated for many of Ireland's top sights. Within driving distance are the Cliffs of Moher, the Dingle Penninsula, and Bunratty Castle. If interested in taking in some of the charm of Ireland's cities, Cork and Killarney are good options for a day trip.
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Author: ashley.minor. Last updated: Aug 10, 2014