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Fifty years ago (1958), Kenneth and Cicely Hall along with their son Robin, left Raheny and came to Lucan, taking up residence in Primrose Hill House. The old house was in bad repair, and much work needed to be done over the years.
This work was undertaken with due care, and the garden and grounds were also developed, leaving us some fifty years later with a splendid property right in the heart of Lucan.
The house itself dates back to the late 1700’s when it was a simple farmhouse belonging to Lucan Demesne. In the early 1800’s, the great front porch and rear bay window were added. It is believed that the architect James Gandon, who lived in Lucan at the time, had some influence over these additions.
In the early part of the last century, the house was known as The Manse, and was home to the local Presbyterian Minister, one notable tenant being Dr. James Irwin – a friend of DeValera’s, who had a considerable input in the Irish Constitution.
The Garden The surrounding garden has an old world charm, containing many rare and colourful plants. It is not necessary to be a botanist to take pleasure here. Walk the narrow pathways, and discover the most unusual shapes and colours and just enjoy them for what they are. Mr. Robin Hall is on hand to answer any questions you may have. Otherwise just wander around at your leisure. You’ll find it hard to believe that you are still in the village of Lucan, such is the serenity of the place.
If you want to take a little bit of Primrose Hill Garden home with you, take your choice of the plants on sale. The quality is excellent.
Garden Opening Hours: Primrose Hill Garden is usually open daily from 2pm - 6pm, during June and July. You’ll find it at the top of Primrose Lane, through the black gates on the left, and on up the driveway.