It’s a house that GG passes pretty much every day on our regular walks up Blackberry Lane and back around through Killincarrig.
And, as derelict and unloved as the building may be for many decades now – even when Wilfred Evans and his family were gifted the rundown old home in the 1960s – there must have been a time when Killincarrig House truly shone.
We just haven’t found anyone who remembers it that way.
We had posted a history of the house last June, but, hey, a top computer geek moving the site to a new server managed to lose it in transit. Through the comments on that original post though, we learnt that those who had lived in the house, and visited friends there, did have some happy memories of the place.
All seemed to agree, though, that the house was running on three wheels long before it was completely abandoned around 30 years ago.
And now, with previous permissions – including one for a nursing home and houses – having expired, the latest application is for an apartment block and retail units.
Which means the 19th century, 353-square metre Killincarrig House will soon be no more.
Targeted Investment Opportunities applied last month for 22 apartments, nine houses and two retail units with apartments upstairs.
And given the way Wicklow County Council are currently rubber-stamping just about every swanky new development around our highly lucrative neck of the woods, there’s every chance that Targeted Investment Opportunities will have their way with Killincarrig House soon enough.
[Update: Permission was granted in early September, 2017, for the whole shebang.]
There was, of course, more than one Killincarrig House, the original being where the Greystones Golf Club now stands, the Hawkins/Whitshed owners later deciding to build a better Killincarrig House, closer to the sea – this one later becoming The Woodlands Hotel.
The riddle that trips GG up ever-so-slightly is this third Killincarrig House, situated in Killincarrig, and built largely for employees of the Hawkins/Whitshed family.
Either way, you can wave goodbye to another old home below, as we take a stroll around the grounds of the last Killincarrig House standing…
You can check out Rosemary Raughter’s history of Killincarrick House right here.
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