Carlow Courthouse

Carlow Courthouse is a judicial facility in Dublin Road in Carlow Town.

We will translate the word Courthouse (sometimes spelled court house) as a building that is home to the local court and often the county board. The term commonly used in English-speaking countries, synonymous with the term “Palace of Justice” or “Palais de Justice”.

Courthouse should therefore be presentable, stately and impressive. The building from the pictures below can certainly be described as impressive and presentable. It is difficult to believe that it is a courthouse in a small Irish town.

The Carlow courthouse is widely regarded as one of the best examples of ancient Greek architecture in Ireland. It was built on the example of the Llissus temple in Athens. The building gives the impression of a temple with eight Ionic columns set on a high pedestal.

It was designed at the end of 1820 by the famous architect William Morrison. The building of the courthouse was made possible by the generous patronage of the Bruen family of Oak Park. Construction cost £ 30,000. It was not a small fortune at the beginning of the 19th century.

Apparently this building was originally supposed to be built in County Cork, but the plans in favor of Carlow were mistaken.

For decades, Carlow Courthouse has served as a place to organize major public events. An early example in 1929 was the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the award of Catholic emancipation.

The whole building is surrounded by high iron railings, which are crowned with a replica of a Roman ax – fasces – a Roman symbol of justice.

At the top of the stairs at the front of the building is a Russian cannon – dating back to the Crimean War in the 1800s. It was handed over to County Carlow by the then British Minister of War and commemorates all Irish officers and soldiers who died in the conflict.

The courthouse was refurbished in 2002 and continues to be used as a judicial facility.

Just opposite to Carlow Courthouse is located The Irishmans Hotel where stayed George Bernard Show in 1918.

Location of Carlow Courthouse:

Carlow Courthouse
Carlow Courthouse
Carlow Courthouse
Carlow Courthouse
Carlow Courthouse
Carlow Courthouse
Carlow Courthouse
Carlow Courthouse
Carlow Courthouse by night
The Irishmans Hotel

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