Shanbally House – the story so far; A two storey Georgian Style Country House dating from the early 1800s. Shanbally was once part of the Lissaniskey Estate and is located across the road. The estate was once owned by the O’Meara family who have been recorded in this townsland since 1354. This was a time when Alan O’Maghra was awarded land near Ballymackey by the Earl of Ormond.
In 1574, the Archbishop of Cashel, Miler Magrath married Annie O’Meara of Lissaniskey. Later in 1597, he was granted lands of the priory of Toomevara by Queen Elizabeth. Magrath continued to purchase land, as did his O’Meara inlaws. It was around this time that the O’Mearas made the switch from ecclesiastical family to a medical one. Shanbally’s link to medicine began following this time.
Shanbally House and Gardens had fallen into disrepair when Noel and Bridget Duggan (née O’Meara) purchased the estate in 2013. Noel and Bridget could see that the walled garden and two hundred acres of land were ideally suited to growing selected medicinal plants. Their love for the site and its rich history, moved Noel and Bridget to restore this Georgian estate to its former glory.
Shanbally estate is being re-established as a national landmark for traditional healing, through herbal and folk medicine in Ireland. Our ethos is ‘health through nature‘.
We look forward to reopening Shanbally House to the public in late 2020 depending on Coivd-19 restrictions.