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Malahide Castle and Garden.

Malahide Castle & Garden.

Malahide Castle is the ancestral home of the Talbot family, who came to Ireland with the Nornans the lands were granted to Richard Talbot or de Talbot in 1185. The Talbot's managed to keep control of the property for nearly 800 years with just a short break during the Cromwellian period. The main structure of the castle is fifteenth century, but the exterior was given the Gothic facade during an eighteenth century restoration. The castle is set in an 270 acre demesne.

The property is now Ireland's National Portrait Gallery, run by Dublin and East Tourist Region. There is a varied collection of paintings on loan from the National Gallery. Among these is a huge representation of the Battle of the Boyne (1690) by Jan Wyck, and the Battle of Ballynahinch (1798) by Thomas Robinson, also the ward Hunt by William Osborne.

There are numerous Irish paintings and portraits by artists such as, James Latham, William Ashford, Hugh Douglas Hamilton, and Nathaniel Hone the elder.

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For model train entheusists situated in the grounds id The Fry Model Railway a collection originally built up in the 1920s and 1930s by Cyril Fry, a railway engineer and draughtsman, with each piece assembled with the finest attention to detail

Between 1948 and 1973 Lord Milo Talbot laid out a twenty acre garden with over five thousand species of plants and shrubs.