Turning Ireland’s pigsty into a palace – with Derbyshire stone!

Lismore Castle

History graduate Patrick Coleman reveals the fascinating tale of how Derbyshire men, with Derbyshire stone, created an Irish ‘Camelot’ – one of the finest homes in Europe.

THE first sight of Lismore Castle’ wrote Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire, in her 2010 memoirs, ‘makes your jaw drop. A place of mystery and romance, the huge grey castle – half giant, half fairy – rises from the rocks above the banks of the River Blackwater…’