Our Story so far

The manor house as it exists today was the life’s work of two generations of the Dunraven Earls and their family, but its story reaches much further than that. Hundreds of years of history, creativity, and care lie behind the magical place we now know as Adare Manor.

1100s

1100s

Adare Manor derives its name from a feudal system introduced after the Norman invasion in Ireland around 1170. Rather than referring to a house, the term “Manor” designated a local administrative landholding. The lands of a Manor were divided between...

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1200-1500s

1200-1500s

For four centuries the Fitzgeralds dominated Adare, but after the Desmond Rebellions (1569–73 and 1579–83), their castle in Adare was dismantled and their estates were divided up between existing landowners.

1600s

1600s

The Quin family settles in Adare. The first recorded member of the family in the village was Donagh Quin (d. 1671) He was buried in the Franciscan Abbey, a sign that he was a highly-placed and well-respected member of the community. At the time of his death...

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