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Belvedere House

Photo: Laura Naughton

Belvedere House

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Saturday 14 October, 11.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday 15 October, 12.00pm – 5.00pm

The construction of what is now Belvedere College began under the 1st Earl of Belvedere, and was later finished and occupied by the 2nd Earl of Belvedere. After his death in 1814, the townhouse was left unoccupied and fell into disrepair. The house was eventually procured by the Society of Jesus Religious Order in 1841 and has since been occupied as part of their educational facility. James Joyce, Austin Clarke, Harry Clarke, Joseph Plunkett, Donagh MacDonagh and Kevin Barry are amongst some of the great past alumni who roamed the corridors and were educated here. Allegedly, Belvedere House is still haunted by the ghost of Mary Molesworth, mother to George Augustus Rochfort, 2nd Earl of Belvedere, who supposedly died here.

First-come basis: Just turn up and look out for Open House Dublin volunteers. This tour is not suitable for children. Photography is not allowed on this tour.

Designed by: Michael Stapleton
Building Date: 1786
Location: 6 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1

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