is located to the north and east of Castlecomer Town. It surrounded
the late 17th century Castlecomer House owned by the Prior Wandesforde
family. The house no longer exists as it was destroyed by fire in
1960's. The Demesne itself still covers an area of approximately
180 acres. The lands within the estate were landscaped in the prevalent
romantic style in the 19th century, with lakes connected by cascades,
as well as artificial caves and follies. Castlecomer has always
been known as the centre of the Leinster Coalfield and provides
the natural gateway to discovering the region. The Castlecomer Demesne
Company, a registered charity that was formed to encourage the rejuvenation
of Castlecomer, have been putting together several projects designed
to increase the appeal of Castlecomer as a tourist destination.
| Castlecomer river
| Hafod walk
The Heritage Landscapes project aims to market two areas on either side of the Irish Sea - centred on the Castlecomer and Hafod estates - as destinations for cultural , offering visitors a range of specialist attractions, tours and activities.
This initiative aims to achieve development in the cross-border area that is sustainable economically, socially and environmentally by; widening and improving tourism provision and increasing visitor numbers, taking advantage of cross-border
cultural affinities including designed historic landscapes of former great estates, mining history and industrial archaeology, forestry and other rural pursuits. The objective is to improve the areas competitiveness; to raise awareness of the areas;
to widen the tourist season beyond the peak summer months; and to create jobs in the tourism and service sector.