Ballyglunin Park, Athenry Road, Tuam


A delightful Georgian/Victorian country residence in a magnificent setting overlooking The River Abbert at the heart of a stunning Estate on c. 32.74 acres, c. 13.25 ha

  • 7 Beds
  • Freehold
  • Detached


A delightful Georgian/Victorian country residence in a magnificent setting overlooking The River Abbert at the heart of a stunning Estate on c. 32.74 acres, c. 13.25 ha

Since purchasing the property the current owners have invested considerable time and expenditure meticulously and sensitively restoring much of the main house, river and grounds while being mindful to retain the integrity and spirit of the original period features and in accordance to the Georgian tradition.

Today the house presents itself as a superb family home with wonderful spacious and bright reception rooms, decorated with taste to enhance the ornate period features throughout and emphasise the tall windows and high ceilings. The accommodation has an appealing combination of grand and more intimate reception rooms on a manageable scale.

Throughout the house there are exquisite features such as original Victorian tiles in the porch, original Victorian staircase, magnificent ceiling rococo plasterwork and plaster freize, ornate cornicing and centre roses, exquisite original stained glass windows, parquet flooring, grand antique marble chimney pieces and original panelled doors with decorative architrave surrounds.

A pleasant sweeping tree lined avenue, ambles along crossing over a bridge, at the spectacular weir on the river bound by woodland to the gravel forecourt at the front of the house.

One enters the house through the Victorian porch into a grand entrance hall where all the reception rooms and kitchen are accessed. All the rooms have high ceilings are light filled and have extensive decorative plasterwork and original marble fireplaces with stunning countryside views. The recently renovated large country kitchen has exquisite handmade units with teak counters and oak floors. There are three large windows which look onto the wonderful river and woodland. Off the kitchen is a fantastic two storey round tower.

Upstairs there are seven bedrooms and five bathrooms, a laundry and office. The Victorian part of the house has been fully restored to include the master bedroom, handmade cherrywood walk in wardrobe and marble ensuite bathroom. The jewel in the crown has to be the restored balcony which looks over the river, weir and parkland.

Downstairs in the basement are a number of rooms which would lend themselves to any number of uses.

The house is beautifully laid out for everyday family living or entertaining on a large scale.


To the rear of the house is a two storey original cut stone courtyard with imposing tower in need of restoration. Off this is a large wall garden bound by the river. The River Abbert flows through the centre of the grounds and at its heart is the magnificent salmon weir. At spawning numerous salmon can been seen jumping the weir going upstream. There is the added benefit of tremendous fishing on both banks of the river.

Wonderful woodland with a variety of specimen trees, wild flowers and ladies walks bounds the far side of the river. Surrounding the property is good quality park land, together with peace, privacy, tranquillity and surrounding countryside makes Ballygulunin Park a very appealing place to live.

Two minutes’ drive brings you to the busy village of Abbeyknockmoy for all daily needs. The village is best known for the nearby ruins of the 12th century Cistercian Abbey, established with the Kings of Connacht as its benefactors.

The historic market towns of Athenry and Tuam are a ten minute drive and have great schools, restaurants bars and shopping.

Galway, Ireland’s third largest city is a fifteen minute drive and is known as Ireland's Cultural Heart. It is renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals, including The annual Galway Arts Festival in July, The world famous Galway races in August, celebrations and events. Galway’s growing economic sector that has been much assisted by the M6 motorway linking it with Dublin

Historical Note

Ballyglunin Park is an 18th century house with 19th century additions it was the home and seat of the Blake family for almost 300 years prior to 1965. The Blake family were descendants of one of the original 12 Norman tribes of Galway.

Martin Blake, High Sherriff of Galway was granted the great Estate of Ballyglunin by Charles II in 1689. His descendant Martin Joseph Blake succeeded to the estate in 1802 after the death of his father, Walter Blake. Martin Joseph Blake served as MP for Galway in 1832, 1835, 1841, 1847 and 1852. His nephew Walter Martin Blake succeeded him after his death in 1861. The Blake family held an Estate of almost 10,500 acres in County Galway. By March 1916 the Blakes had accepted a final offer of over £60,000 from the Congested Districts' Board for almost 9,800 acres of their Estate.

Although part of the landed gentry the Blake’s continued in business and lent money to a wide circle of the Galway merchant families. Around the turn of the last century, Robert Blake would regularly have his evening meal cooked in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin and delivered to Ballyglunin station nearby. The famous film "The Quiet Man" took place at the Ballyglunin Railway Station.

Directions from Galway

Take N17 to Sligo. Pass through Claregalway. Shortly after Claregalway make a right hand turn onto the N63 to Roscommon. Follow the N63 through Lackagh and Turloughmore. After Turloughmore you will encounter four roundabouts in fairly quick succession. For the first three stay in the direction of the N63 to Roscommon. At the fourth roundabout take the R347 to Tuam exit. Drive approximately 200 metres and then make a right hand turn onto the R347 to Tuam. Approximately 1km down the road you will pass a cemetery on the left (Kilmoylan Cemetery). 300 metres past the cemetery down, and after crossing the Abbert River, you will see a red wrought iron gate, which is the entrance to Ballyglunin Park.

From the M6 motorway

Take exit for Athenry. Continue through Athenry follow signs for Tuam/Abbeyknockmoy R347. From the last roundabout outside Athenry continue 13km to a major staggered crossroads take left sharp right for Corofin/Tuam continue 1.6m and the property is on the right as above.

Ganly Walters

+353 1 662 3255

8-34 Percy Place
Dublin 4
Republic of Ireland