Caring for Clonacody House | Traveling in Ireland Podcast Episode 105

What is it like to inherit a beautiful Georgian country house? Today's guest is sharing her experience – and inviting you to stay during your Ireland vacation.

Clonacody House
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Caring for Clonacody House

Clonacody House Today

Drawing Room

Helen & Michael Brennan are the current ‘caretakers' of Clonacody House in Fethard, County Tipperary.

Clonacody House is a ‘small' Georgian house with 3 floors over basement

Clonacody House History

In the past the basement would have held the kitchen. The ground floor, which is where all the parties and entertainment would have taken place. The family and guest bedrooms would have been on the first floor. Staff, governesses and small children would have stayed up in the top floor.

The house was built between 1740 and 1780. The family that it was commissioned for were called the Kelletts. They were a British family, and they lived continuously here right up until 1937.

Helen's grandfather purchased Clonacody House from the original family, then her mother inherited it and, on her death, left it to her 5 children.

Helen and her husband Michael purchased the house from her siblings and, after borrowing a large amount of cash, they upgraded the building and turned it into a B&B. It has also become a very popular wedding and party venue.

Clawfoot tub in bathrooms

About Fethard, County Tipperary

Fethard is known as one of Ireland's few remaining walled towns. One of the village churches has a Sheela-na-gig. Andrew Lloyd Weber owns nearby Kiltinan Castle and his influence can be found around the town.

Slievenamon mountain is a lovely place for hill walking. Comeragh and Knockmealdown mountains are nearby, as well. And the Rive Suir has water activities like kayaking and paddleboarding.

Knockmealdown Mountains viewed from self catering cottage in Cahir, Ireland. Ireland travel tips | Ireland vacation |
Knockmealdown Mountains

Fethard tourism information can be found here.

Contact Clonacody House

Clonacody House website or email 

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Discover the connection of Fethard to the Resolute desks in the White House and Buckingham Palace at the museum.

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