Nothing beats visiting a historic property in person, seeing the artefacts for yourself, chatting to one of our knowledgeable tour guides, and enjoying a cup of coffee afterwards in the café. To give you a taster for what you can expect to experience during your visit, please enjoy the virtual tours provided below.
Tour of the House
Derrynane House is full of items relating to the life and work of ‘The Liberator’, but it was also the O’Connell family home. This tour presents the space as it was used during the nineteenth century, and each room is accompanied by a short, descriptive quote from a visiting contemporary.
“Kate [O’Connell’s daughter] told me she gave you in her letter a full description of this house. Between us both, love, you must be quite well acquainted with the improvements that have been made in it during the last nine months. It is indeed truly a most comfortable and convenient house.”
– Letter from Mary O’Connell to Daniel O’Connell, 15 August, 1827.
Tour of the Gardens
Derrynane Historic Park is 120 hectares in size, and includes the neighbouring dunes, coastline, and island. The area is very rich in horticultural and archaeological heritage. Of particular interest in the grounds is the Gothic folly known as ‘the Summer House’. A seashore nature trail audioguide is also available for download here.
“I want the calm and quiet of my loved native hills – the bracing air purified as it comes over the world of waters, the cheerful exercise, the majestic scenery of these awful mountains… Oh! These are the scenes to revive all forces of natural strength – to give new energy to the human mind and raise the thoughts above the grovelling strife of individual interests. Do not tear me from this spot until I have enjoyed some of its renovating effects.”
– Daniel O’Connell