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 Waterford Standard 1 October 1938

Auction at The Island

‘The auction of household and outdoor effects which Mr John D Palmer, Auctioneer, is conducting next Tuesday is creating wide interest, and a most successful sale is assured at The Island [castle], Waterford. The goods will be on view on Monday next only, from 12 noon to 3p.m…Amongst the lots for sale are many choice antique pieces, including a beautiful Chippendale settee with silk tapestry; Chippendale chest of drawers on fretted brackets; William and Mary chest of drawers; miniature bow front sideboard; French hand-painted side table; mahogany tallboy, and many equally attractive pieces. The lots include Indian carpets in various sizes; Turkish and Persian rugs…excellent Chesterfield and two divan armchairs; plated ware, table linen, bed linen, ‘Beautyrest’ mattresses, bedroom suites, toys, Mecanno outfits, model boats, model railway with engines, hunting kit, nursery furniture, enamelled ‘Frigidaire’ and 12 h.p. Armstrong Siddley Saloon car. A charge of one shilling will be made for admission’.

In 1895 the owner Gerald Purcell Fitzgerald, J.P. & D.L. (1833-1879) commissioned William Henry Romaine Walker (1854-1940) assisted by Albert Murray (1849-1924) to rebuild a plain house containing the remains of a medieval towerhouse. It was one of the last great houses to be built in Ireland on this scale.


The Island Castle -Waterford - Circa 1915





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