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Ballyvolane House Hotel




There is a circular brass dial in excellent condition (apart from the rust stains left by a spanner and screwdriver !!!) in the garden of "Ballyvolane House" which was built in 1728 by Sir Richard Pyne, a retired Lord Chief Justice of Ireland. It has an 8 point compass rose with a fleur-de-lys indicating the North Point and shows the time from 4am to 8pm in Roman numerals with 15 minute divisions. There is a 'noon gap' to compensate for the thickness of the elaborately pierced gnomon (shadow caster). Engraved in a cartouche is "51░ 54' " surrounded by "LATITUDE OF CORK" and in another cartouche " A PYNE ESQ BALLYVOLANE". "A PYNE" is thought to refer to Arthur Pyne who was the owner of Ballyvolane in the early nineteenth century. Ballyvolane was designed in the classic Georgian country house style with three storeys but was modified in 1847 by removing the top storey. Now a CÚsar Award winning Country House Hotel at Castlelyons, 6km south of Fermoy and 20km northeast of Cork City, off the N8 road, Ballyvolane House is an historic Irish country home of extraordinary warmth, style and comfort. It provides luxury accommodation and salmon fishing on the river Blackwater. Click here to visit their website Ballyvolane House Hotel


Lat 52° 3'North  Long 8° 11' West

Irish Grid   V  187200    089310

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