Moore Hall

galwaycinematographyPublished: August 10, 2017Updated: August 11, 201738 views
Published: August 10, 2017Updated: August 11, 2017

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Compared to most other Irish big houses, the history of Moore Hall in County Mayo is exceptional. Moore Hall was built by George Moore (1727-1799) between 1792 and 1796.
George Moore-
The Builder Of Moore Hall

George Moore (1727-1799) was a wine merchant who owned a fleet of ships and had made a vast fortune in Spain.

He came from a Protestant family but George himself was Catholic. Originally from County Mayo and having gone into exile to Spain because of the restrictive Irish Penal Laws, George wanted to retire in Ireland.

He sold up in Spain and managed to purchase lands around Lough Carra, benefitting from a relaxing in the Penal Laws at this time. He took an oath of allegiance to the English crown so that he would be able to have tenants on his land to generate some income.
The house, Moore Hall itself, was a status symbol for a man of his means as well as a fulfillment of a longstanding dream.
The Design Of The House

Moore Hall was of architectural significance having been designed by the architect John Roberts who also designed Waterford Cathedral and Tyrone House in Galway. It was decorated with beautiful Italian plasterwork, traces of which can still be seen in the ruin of the house today if you look carefully.

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