Fire destroys one of Co Donegal’s best-known country houses
Donaghmore House was on the market for €1.2 million
Firefighters at the scene of the blaze which destroyed Donaghmore House on the outskirts of Castlefin, Co Donegal. Photograph: North West Newspix
One of Donegal’s most historic houses has been destroyed in an overnight fire.
A full investigation into the blaze has started.
The house which sits on a 90-acre estate, is owned by the Tinney family, has been vacant for some time. The substantial Victorian (c1870) country house on approximately 36 hectares (90 acres) incorporated an attractive detached cast iron conservatory, two gate lodges, walled gardens and a range of outbuildings.
The 10-bedroom house extended to 595 square meters (6,400 square feet) and some of its original features include sliding sash window frames, original cornicing, fireplaces, extra high ceilings.
It is believed the Donaghmore House was associated with the Spence family from the 1750s until about 1800 of which at least two members (father and son) served as ministers of the church.
The original house appears to have ceased to have been used as a rectory in the 1860s and the present, more substantial house, may have been built shortly after this time.