Welcome to Cappoquin House & Gardens
Cappoquin House is an 18th century Georgian mansion built on the site of an old Fitzgerald castle. It dominates the river Blackwater at the point where, due to an ice age blockage, the river turns south and ploughs its way through the hills to the sea. The castle was one of a series controlling the tidal waters of the river, a main artery of trade with England. Looking upstream you can see Lismore Castle. Downstream you can see Dromana, the great castle of the Earl of Desmond, who before he rebelled controlled almost all of West Waterford. After the rebellion, Queen Elizabeth I confiscated most of the Desmond lands and granted them to English undertakers in seignories of 10,000 acres – Sir Walter Raleigh (Youghal) and Sir Christopher Hatton (Cappoquin).
The Keane family have lived at Cappoquin for the last 300 years. They are an Old Irish family descended from the O’Cahan clan of Ulster who were feudal tenants of the O’Neils. Most of their lands were forfeited in the first Plantation of Ulster in 1610. At the end of the 17th century George O’Cahan changed his name to Keane, became a protestant and entered government service as a lawyer. On retirement he leased the town of Cappoquin with extensive farm and mountain land from the Earl of Cork under three 999 year leases.