Tibradden House: 2022 Open Dates

Tibradden House is a private Victorian family home, designed by Joseph Maguire in 1860. The house is open for visitor tours on the following dates in 2022 under the terms of Section 482 Historic Properties Relief. Admission is by tour lasting approximately one hour.

Admission Fees: adult/OAP €8; student/child free, members of An Taisce and The Irish Georgian Society €6.

We politely request visitors to respect the appointed dates and times, and not to seek access outside these hours. Public health guidelines apply. Please wear a mask and observe the HSE Covid 19 hygiene protocols. Tibradden House reserves the right to refuse admission.

Booking (to help manage numbers) is appreciated: selina.guinness@me.com.

2022Open DatesTimesTours
January6 – 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 2810 am – 2 pm10.30 am; 12 pm.
February4, 7, 11, 14, 282 pm – 6 pm2.30 pm; 4 pm.
March7, 11, 14, 25, 282 pm – 6 pm2.30 pm; 4 pm.
AprilClosed Closed Closed
May3 – 6, 10 – 13, 17 – 22, 24 – 2910 am – 2 pm10.30 am; 12 pm.
June8 – 11, 13, 17 – 19, 21 – 2310 am – 2 pm10.30 am; 12 pm.
August13 – 21 [Heritage Week]2 pm – 6 pm2.30 pm; 4 pm.

New story out with Faber, May 24th

A new story, ‘The Weather Project’, will appear this month in All Over Ireland, a Faber anthology of contemporary short fiction, edited by Deirdre Madden. Also included are new stories by Colm Toibin, Eoin MacNamee and Mary Morrissey.  Mine recounts a seventieth birthday trip to London and the different memories the city evokes for a mother and her daughters. The title comes from this exhibition by the Danish artist, Olafur Eliasson, at the Tate Modern, which they visit during the day.

The Weather Project

I look forward to reading from ‘The Weather Project’ and discussing the short story form with Eoin MacNamee and Deirdre Madden at the International Literature Festival, Dublin on Sunday May 24th. The panel will be expertly chaired by Prof. Stephen Matterson, 6pm, Smock Alley Theatre.


Tibradden Gate Lodge 2015: Nominated for an RIAI Award and Available to Rent!

Voting is open till 17th June for the RIAI People’s Choice Awards and we’re delighted that the gate lodge at Tibradden is up for a gong. Will and Marcus of Donaghy & Dimond deserve full credit for designing such a welcoming and airy space. R&U Builders also deserve special mention for their dedication in seeing the project through, as does our friend and neighbour, Gerry Farrell, who brought great skill to bear on our slow-drying, home-grown, cedar timbers. If you’d like to vote, here’s the RIAI link:  Go to “Gate Lodge”

On the other hand, if you’d like to live here, the 3 bedroomed lodge is currently available to rent (on an annual lease) from July 1st. We are looking for a family who might enjoy being in the countryside and yet so close to the city (Dublin 16), ideally for over a year.

You’ll find full details here: Tibradden Gate Lodge on Daft

Thanks, as ever, to Mr. Evers for the pics.

Interior of the extension showing the use of Tibradden’s cedars throughout. That’s the master bedroom down beyond the bathroom.

This is the gate lodge at Tibradden where the Kirwans used to live. It’s a bit of a tardis now that Rostyk has finished building a whole new house behind it, designed by Will Dimond and Marcus Donaghy.

So here’s the open plan kitchen with the light flowing in. There’s a wood-burning stove just off to the right.

And this is the longer shot, showing the door to the back garden. Up above that sofa is a large mezzanine space with a view of the Hellfire Club for those who ascend the ladder.

And this is the cortene steel roof that is rusted by design with the cedar wood cladding at the rear of the extension. Grasses by Mt. Venus Nursery.

Croc on One

I’m delighted to let you know that I’ll be reading The Crocodile by the Door each night next week on RTE Radio One’s, Book on One.  It’s a programme for night owls as it goes out at 11.10 pm after The Late Debate.  It will also be available by podcast for four weeks – you’ll find all the details here:


Sweet dreams!


Reading, 15/5/2013, Rathgar Bookshop

I still remember my father taking me to Dundrum Bookshop on the Main Street to cash in the book vouchers I’d won for a school prize.  I bought a collected Sylvia Plath, a collected T. S. Eliot, and two volumes of Mary Lavin’s short stories. Had I been left to my own devices, I think I might have blown the vouchers on the more ephemeral texts designed to attract the attention of a 16 year old girl.  But I still have, and read, the books he recommended I buy. 

I’m not sure if it was Liz Meldon who cashed up the vouchers on this occasion or whether her involvement in Dundrum Bookshop was a few years then in the future.  But I’d like to think it was her, for I could feel then that next Wednesday I will come full circle when I read from The Crocodile at her current premises, the Rathgar Bookshop, where she also sells plants grown at Tibradden by Oliver and Liat Schurmann. So if you fancy a glass of wine and some entertainment, and a few perennials for your garden, come along for 7.30 pm start.