A drone snapped a picture of the remains of Moore Hall, a manor house in Carnacon, County Mayo, Ireland that was burned down almost 100 years ago during the Irish Civil War
Image: Google Maps)
A photo has surfaced of a mysterious mansion hidden deep in a forest that burned down a century ago.
The snap, captured by a drone, shows the ruins of a mansion in Ireland, with trees encroaching on the property, which is slowly being covered with greenery.
Moore Hall in Carnacon, County Mayo, is the former home and estate of the Moore family, reports The Irish Mirror.
It was burned down almost 100 years ago during the Irish Civil War by members of the anti-Treaty Irish Republican Army.
The house has never been restored and visitors describe it as “magical” and a “hidden gem”.
Mayo County Council bought it in 2018 for €400,000 (£340,400) with the intention of enhancing and developing it as a nature reserve and tourist attraction.
The 80 acre wooded property overlooks Lough Carra in western Mayo and is open to the public.
One tourist wrote: “We explored this beautiful island from tip to tip. Just a short walk from the car park, this place is magical, like stepping through a story book.”
Another said: “Absolutely beautiful place. Such a hidden gem. Wonderful walk in the forest. Stunning place.”
Built in 1792, it is situated on Muckloon Hill, a 20-minute drive from Castlebar.
It is a Site of National Historic Significance.
Members of the Moore family have played an important role in the social, cultural, literary and political history of Ireland from the late 17th to the early 19th centuries.
The house was destroyed on February 1, 1923 because Maurice Moore, the brother of Moore Hall’s owner, was deemed pro-treaty.
George Moore, the owner, wrote a letter to the Morning Post two weeks after the fire, quoting someone who described watching the ancestral home go up in flames.
He wrote: “I was sitting in my hut reading when armed men, complete strangers to me, came to the door demanding the keys.
“I asked what for and was told a pillar would be put up there for the night…
“I had no choice but to turn in the keys, and knowing what was going on, I pointed out to the leader that Colonel Moore did not own the house. This had no effect.
“I sat up all night hoping that if everything was clear, I could salvage even part of the library. At four o’clock I heard four loud explosions.
“At five I went to the place and found that the whole house was on fire. I saw immediately that everything was hopeless.
“A fire brigade would be powerless, the flames had engulfed the entire building so badly.
“I could only stand by and face the end with the same feelings one has when one visits the open grave of a very dear friend.”