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  Bruckless House, A Brief History

Built in the mid-18th century by a Scottish family planted in Donegal, Bruckless House passed into the hands of an Irish family of tanners and merchants, the Cassidys. Fortunes waned in the northwest throughout the nineteenth century via the Great Famine and economic depressions. The head of the Cassidy clan sent his eldest son, Andrew, to Australia in 1889: a frequent solution in times of family decline. Andrew became well-to-do but never returned to Ireland although he inherited the house on the death of his father in 1902.

The house was sold to the wealthy Thomas Kelly Grene who in turn passed it to his nephew Arthur Warren Darley, a well known cellist who developed a nationwide reputation for collecting and recording Irish folk music. Darley supported the nationalist cause in the War of Independence and Bruckless House provided shelter for republican leaders.

The house passed through various hands in the course of subsequent years, even becoming a country hotel for a stage in the early 1950s. It had developed into a first-class guest house by the 1960s but was transformed back into a family home by the Evans family, who bought it in 1973. Since 1984 the house has welcomed visitors who enjoy the peace and tranquility of this traditional home. It is now also an established stud farm for Connemara ponies and with a reputation for its extensive informal Robinsonian gardens.

With the waters of Donegal Bay lapping its shoreline, the spectacular wild coast and warm welcome from the people that live here, Bruckless House is a haven of beauty and repose for the discerning traveller. The record of the long history of the region is visible in stone and ancient circles throughout this parish, linking the present with a continuous and intriguing past. The house is a part of it all.




Clive and Joan Evans, Bruckless House, Bruckless, Co. Donegal, Ireland

phone: +353 74 9737 071 / fax: +353 74 9737 070

email: bruc@bruckless.com