Strokestown Park is a unique historic property in Co. Roscommon in the west of Ireland with many layers of history. This evocative estate is a capsule in time with many features: an uncommon galleried kitchen; elegant vaulted stables; a six-acre walled garden; mausoleum; bridge; gates; and lodge.
The Palladian House was the family home of the Pakenham Mahon family and is built on the site of the 16th-century castle, home of the O Conor-Roe Gaelic Chieftains. The Landlord Major Denis Mahon was assassinated in November 1847 at the height of the Great Famine of Ireland and it is fitting that the National Famine Museum was established at Strokestown Park in 1994 using the unique Archive of original documents which came to light during the restoration of the House.
Public access to Strokestown Park has been sustained almost entirely by private philanthropy for over 35 years by Mr Jim Callery and the Westward Group. In 2017, Jim Callery’s long-term commitment to Strokestown Park was recognised with the Award of the prestigious EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award in the category “Dedicated Service to Heritage”. The Irish Heritage Trust, an independent charity, has been working with Strokestown Park and the Westward Group since 2010 to help secure the future of this special place. In 2015 the Trust became responsible for the property – supported by individual Directors of the Westward Group – to create a sustainable operation for future generations and continue to bring benefits to the local community.