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The Marble Fireplace

The massive double fireplace made of Carrara marble, designed by J. H. Pollen, is also in a quasi-medieval style, and was supplied by the firm of Ballyntyne, of Dorset Street, Dublin. Elegant foliage carving attributed to Charles Harrison covers the hood and a frieze beneath is decorated with the Butler/Ormonde arms and significant episodes from the family history. These depict: 'the purchase of Kilkenny castle by the Earl of Ormond in 1391'; 'the Chief Butler offering the first cup of wine to the newly crowned king'; 'King Richard II who was godfather to the third Earl's son and who visited Kilkenny castle in 1395'; 'the coat of arms of the Butler/Ormond family'; 'James, 1st Duke of Ormond, refusing to surrender his sword on entering the Irish House of Lords in 1634'; 'A Lady from the Ormonde family dispensing food to the poor'; and 'James, 1st Duke of Ormond returns in triumph to Dublin in 1662'.

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