The failed attempt to restore and create Ireland’s first six star hotel: the abandoned Puxley Manor

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Thank you! I wanted to be as detailed as possible. I found the whole story quite fascinating, which is elevated by the way in which we stumbled across this place.

Story time. I didn’t add it here, I can later if you want, but I have a picture of a rather large grave marking in a tiny cemetery that lead to our discovery of Puxley Manor.

We first saw one of those brown “attraction” signs for an old cemetery as we were driving along and we decided to pull off and check it out. When we got out and walked up to it, we immediately saw a huge grave marking for the size of the cemetery/compared to the others. Chiseled into the side we read about how buried there was the wife of Puxley at Dunboy Castle (Puxley Manor) — I was intrigued as I’d never heard of this castle, and I’m kind of a castle fanatic. She died in childbirth, a did the child.

Kinda creeped out about a mother dying in childbirth, their large grave marking with roots growing from inside out, we got a bit of a chill and took off.

Then we saw a sign for Dunboy Castle. “No way!” we said and pulled off. Surprised by the fences and over growth, I took photos while my wife looked up the history. That’s when we learned about the British and Cromwell winning the siege, taking Dunboy Castle from the O’Sullivans and awarding it to an Englishman, Puxley, and the following O’Sullivan curse. The dude loses his wife/child, the manor burns down, and he gets the hell out of there. Then a local buys it, cant afford the insurance, and sells it to a financial group that go bankrupt…

First finding the grave, then seeing it fenced and shut off, reading about that history was something else; so surreal! One of the coolest moments of the trip!

This really should be a movie, starting with the history of Cromwell, the Irish that tried to defend the English invasion, the curse, and all the way to the 2008 financial collapse. Directed by Ridley Scott.

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