Clontuskert (Galway)

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Gortnamona House
Gortnamona House

Gortnamona House is a beautiful Georgian house set in its own parkland and made famous nationally by Percy French's song, The Woods of Gortnamona. A succession of families have lived in this place; Archdeacons, Burkes, Blakes, Cowans, Brennans, Lynams and Salmons. Percy French was a close friend of Edward Lynam and was a frequent visitor to Gortnamona. During one of these visits, shortly after the death of his beloved wife in 1891, he wrote The Woods of Gortnamona, a lyric in which he expressed his feelings of deep loss.

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