t’s one of those houses that GG grew up beside, and played many a game of Sunday football in the shadow of, but our knowledge of Gorteen House verges on the feck all.
The fact that we’re not even sure why it’s sometimes referred to as Seaview House reflects that distinct lack of insider knowledge here.
Thankfully, we have local historian Shay Clear on our side. Whose knowledge of all things Delgany is one or two considerable notches up from feck all.
Shay was the gardener here for twenty years – and, yet, still can’t confirm which name is right – and knew its last inhabitant, the late Mary Corballis, well.
According to official records, (James) Jerningham Corballis, of Gorteen, Delgany – born on April 19th, 1919, and Govenor of both the Rotunda and Stewart’s Hospitals in Dublin – married, on November 4th, 1950, (Catherine) Mary, only daughter of Captain (James Albert) Garland Emmet, late 1st Life Guards.
The couple had four children – Seamus Brian Jerninghman, born December 3rd, 1951; Timothy Thomas, born April 8th, 1956; Belinda Mary, born 27th September 1954, and Sarah Jane, born October 11th, 1957.
With Mary having passed away just as the new century found its feet, the house was no longer a home, and was subsequently sold by the surviving children. Naturally, there are plans to build houses – 82, on the last count – where once Mary’s wild garden did grow.
The bould Mick, living in the roadside lodge of the old Corballis place, gave us the okay to take a look around the house…