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Russborough Dial
Russborough Dial

A painted, vertical stone, south east declining dial dated c.1750. It is approximately 900mm in diameter and is located over the west arch entrance to the yard at Russborough House, 3km south of Blessington off the N81.
It has a scroll iron gnomon and a fractional time ring reading from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the hours marked in Roman numerals. The hours are subdivided into 30 and 15 min divisions.
The hour lines and numerals are painted in with the dial plate making it difficult to read or photograph clearly from the ground.

Russborough House

Russborough was built for Joseph Leeson, later Baron Russborough and then Earl of Milltown, by the German architect Richard Cassells between 1741 and 1751. It consists of a central seven-bay, two-storey over a basement block which is extended on each side by curved colonnaded quadrant wings leading to seven-bay, two-storey pavilions. It is then further extended on each side by plain walls, each pierced by a high centrally placed arch to give access to the kitchens and stableyards. The walls terminate in one-storey pavilions giving the entire facade an overall length of 215 metres, making it the longest in Ireland.
Sir Alfred and Lady Beit bought Russborough in 1952 to house their impressive art collection. They left this historic mansion, its collections and their fascinating life story to the Irish public in 1978
Beautifully maintained and furnished, with fine displays of silver, bronze, porcelain, carpets, tapestries and furniture from around the world.
Russborough is open to the public.

Lat 53° 08' North   Long 6° 34' West

Irish Grid    N  295680   211080

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