Take a look inside this mansion in Co Tipperary that was once the home of Irish rasher baron Abraham Denny. It was put on the market for €2.2m in 2019
Waterford man Henry Denny invented the bacon rasher in 1820 by mastering radically new bacon-curing techniques.
It was an invention that would make him extremely wealthy – he would be a billionaire by modern standards.
He put some of that money towards getting a top level education for his children and his oldest son Abraham became an architect.
After Henry died in 1870, Abraham took over the family business and brought in one of Dublin’s top architects to design a family home that would reflect their status.
That home – Ballybrada House in Ballybrado near Cahir in Co Tipperary opened in 1879 and was one of Ireland’s first substantial arts and crafts homes.
Today Ballybrada House is described by the National Buildings of Ireland as being ‘of considerable architectural and artistic interest’.
It is a detached U-plan two-storey country house with several grand rooms including a main hall, dining room, library, formal sitting room, eight bedrooms, kitchen and service kitchen, several pantries and storage rooms as well as cellars and basements.
There are views across the grounds from the upstairs living room.
One wing of the house is a self contained guest accommodation. There are several artistic flourishes including decorative red brick chimney stacks with ornate panelling at their bases and decorative bands of fish-scale tiles above and below the windows.
Take a look at the pictures and video below.
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