We are located on Wilmount Avenue, Carrignafoy in Cobh, County Cork. At one point of time, the property and the avenue was dominated by a Castle, known as Wilmount Castle.
The castle had two towers that were surmounted by 4 lions. We were told that these may have been cast by Edwin Henry Landseer, better known for his lions in Trafalgar Square. One of these lions still remains.
Recently, Anne McSweeney from Cobh completed some research on the castle that we would like to share:
“Ever since I was a child the ruins of Wilmount Castle held a fascination for me. I used to explore inside its walls with my friends and admire the beautiful stone lions and pick bunches of bluebells which grew abundantly there in the 1950’s and even later in the early sixties when my husband and I were courting.
I felt sad when the Castle was demolished in 1962 even though a very fine modern house Castlebeg was built on the site by the late Jack O’Gorman (father of Paddy O’Gorman of TV fame) and is now the property of the Mulcahy family.
Recently I came across some old photos of Cobh taken from the sea and lo and behold there was (my Castle) standing proudly in all its glory; lording it over the eastern side of the town, flag flapping in the breeze. I was curious to find out who built it and who lived in it and came up with the following info :
Wilmount Castle was built in 1852 for the Seymour family. Captain William Deane Seymour, a prosperous Shipping Agent, Town Commissioner and Consul to various countries and Justice of the Peace with many business interests, too numerous to mention, lived in the castle with his wife Catherine. A force to be reckoned with was W.D., as he was known locally.
He owned some steamships including Arran Castle and Fanny and also shared ownership of a sailing ship with his brother Henry Seymour. William Deane represented the Inman Line for many years in Cobh and was author of “Journal of a Voyage round the World” and “ A Tour in Syria and Palestine” etc.
Captain Seymour is also credited with the building of both Athenian Terrace and St. Maur’s Terrace