Primary Resources

This resource gallery has been developed to be used for pre visit preparatory work and for post visit reference. You will find a range of primary documents and material here that links to the themes in each unit. By clicking on any image below you can access background information on the source and also find out where it came from and where it is currently held.

The entrance hall at Fota House

The imposing hallway at Fota features screens of scagliola columns. 

The game carousel in the wet larder

The game carousel was used to hang game such as pheasant, grouse and woodcock. 

The Nursery

The Nursery was the area in Fota where the children ate, slept and were educated. 

The Photohouse at Clonbrock

A group of fourteen people including Lord Clonbrock, gathered outside the Photohouse. 

The portico of Fota House

The Greek style portico at Fota decorated with the Smith Barry crest. 

The Service Wing

Plan of the ground floor of Fota house showing the Service Wing

The Victorian Terrace at Fota House

The Victorian parterre at Fota house circa 1880-1914 reveals a lot about the society and culture of the period. 

The Wet larder at Fota

The wet larder was ingeniously designed to aid the preservation and preparation of food for the household. 

Thomas Roberts 1748-1778 in the Fota Collection.

Fota House boasts a fine collection of paintings and features some superb landscapes by Thomas Roberts donated by the McCarthy Family in Cork.

Wallpapers at Fota

The Shamrock room at Fota is so called because of its distinctive wallpaper.

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