The Pakenham-Mahon family of Strokestown Park were enthusiastic adopters of new
technologies. In the 1890’s Henry Pakenham Mahon converted a room off the Gentleman’s
Study into a darkroom and laboratory. This is where he conducted elaborate experiments
involving colour and light and indulged his interest in amateur photography. These rooms are
currently not accessible to the public but may be added to the tour in the coming years.
Visitors to Strokestown Park will, however, have spotted the unassuming wooden
wall-mounted telephone located in the corridor connecting the formal dining room with the
galleried kitchen. This modest box telephone is an example of a style that was gaining
popularity in businesses and more well-to-do private homes in the early 1920’s.