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From top: Loughton House, Dr James Reilly

For those of us who wondered how did Dr James Reilly sleep at night when he was minister for health at a time when our health service was so woefully and devastatingly inept, the question was answered in your newspaper.

He slept exceptionally well on a deep feather mattress in a “royal, carved-oak, sleigh bed made for King George IV’s visit to Ireland” in a 13-bedroom, 1,393sq m (15,000sq ft) Georgian mansion. And how did he relieve the stresses of his day? Chopping logs on his 82-acre estate.

Eimear Morhan,
Drumcondra,
Dublin 9.

James Reilly’s big estate (Irish Times letters page)

Pics: MyHome.ie/Rollingnews

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Vernon Mount, [Douglas, Cork] a Neoclassical suburban villa in Ireland, is arguably the finest example of this building form to survive in the country, where politically motivated destruction of country houses was once commonplace.

Vernon Mount, World Monuments Fund

Fire Crews Tackle Blaze at Vernon Mount (Irish Examiner)

Previously: Why we should save Cork’s Vernon Mount (Irish Times, April 28, 2016)

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