Mount Leader House in its Heyday

mount leader house in it's day

This photo of Mount Leader is from around 1909. More recent photos are below. The photo is a zoomed capture from a photo in the Lawrence Collection.

2015 Mount Leader House

This 2015 photo by Bob Empiro is taken from a similar location

Abandoned Ireland published 27 photos of the details and the inside of the house a number of years ago (possibly 2008). The floors had fallen in already at that stage. See the photos here.

photo from 2018 is here. The roof has collapsed further πŸ™ [i+]



The original photo is on held by the National Library of Ireland [image 1] [image 2] , and also on Flickr (with notes) (i+)

The folks who live on the hill.


The same Lawrence photo, but this time colourised by Old Ireland in Colour (i+):


5 thoughts on “Mount Leader House in its Heyday”

  1. So sad to see. My great grandparents were born there.
    My daughter and I visited Mount Leader in 1997. The roof was still on the house and on the stables and other outbuildings. There were sheep in the pastures.
    How is the land used now? Did it become an industrial park?

  2. Coincidentally just been reading about a Victorian divorce scandal involving the owners of the house in the late 1880s and resulted in a court case in 1890.

    1. Thanks for reminding me, that’s the Duncan Divorce case. I have lots of notes on that from a while back, and will put a article up on it soon.

  3. I have very happy memories of staying in Mount Leader with my Aunt Mildy and Uncle Jeremiah Pomeroy. He was a veterinary surgeon so there were always some interesting animals, even a bull! I remember it was first time I saw piglets being born. Mildy was my grandfather’s sister. It was a most beautiful house. How very, very sad to see it in ruins.

  4. I belong to the Leader family in Ireland, pretty much, all of whom would be descendants of the original occupants of Mount Leader. As some members of the family married Catholics they lost any claim to the Mount Leader lands and ended up as poor farmers in the Millstreet area. The family name continues in that area. Later, some of the family members went to Cork to set up businesses there. Their descendants are still important members of the commercial life of the city. A very distinguished name and family with many found in Ireland, the UK and the USA. And, I suspect, even further afield.

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