King House, Boyle

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King House is a beautifully restored Georgian mansion with almost 300 years of history. First built in 1730 as the seat of the King family, a powerful landowning dynasty, the house later became a military barracks and recruiting depot for the famous Irish regiment of the British army, the Connaught Rangers.

At the end of the Civil War in 1923 the barracks passed into the control of the newly-formed Irish Free State army. It later became a merchant's store and was saved from demolition in the late 1980s and restored to its former Georgian style by Roscommon County Council.

The house is now open to the public as a museum bringing its history to life. It houses the Connaught Rangers museum and the Boyle Civic Art Collection while retaining many of its Georgian features.

A multi-disciplinary programme of arts events takes place in King House between April and September including elements of the ever-popular Boyle Arts Festival.
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  • We had an amazing time visiting king house in Aug 21 Mary our guide was just fabulous and so enthusiastic about the house It was great to see the gifts that had been given to the former president...  more »
  • Three hundred years of Irish history under one roof. Well done Boyle county council for the restoration. Well worth a visit.  more »
  • Amazing old city house with alot of history. Worth a visit, guided well, you can learn alot about this place
  • Interesting place. I was a first time visitor. Planning a trip back.
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