The Harbour Masters House
Shannon Harbour, Birr, County Offaly, Ireland

The Harbour Master’s House was built in 1806; just five years after Kingdom of Ireland and the Kingdom of Great Britain were merged in the Acts of Union. It was built to house the Shannon Harbour Master  and his family. Shannon Harbour  was purpose built to support shipping on the Grand Canal which joined Dublin to the Atlantic, crossing Ireland to the Shannon River. If you descend from Irish Immigrants, your family likely passed through Shannon Harbour.

My hosts, Grainne and Jim Kirwan were wonderful. Grainne’s father was Harbour Master. She grew up in the house.

The Harbour Masters House, Shannon Harbour, County Offaly

The Harbour Masters House, Shannon Harbour, County Offaly

The house itself is 3 stories high. I stayed at the front of the house on the ground floor, my window overlooked the formal back garden. The hall windows overlook the Grand Canal.

The sitting room, The Harbour Masters House, Shannon Harbour, County Offaly

The sitting room, The Harbour Masters House, Shannon Harbour, County Offaly

There were comfortable public areas. See the resident Border Collie, like the dogs in the movie Babe?

This was my room, The Harbour Masters House Shannon Harbour

This was my room, The Harbour Masters House
Shannon Harbour

This was my room.

My very comfortable bed, The Harbour Masters House Shannon Harbour

My very comfortable bed, The Harbour Masters House
Shannon Harbour

My bed was very comfortable.

The window overlooked the formal back garden, The Harbour Masters House, Shannon Harbour

The window overlooked the formal back garden, The Harbour Masters House, Shannon Harbour

The window overlooked the formal back garden.

The formal back garden in the morning mist at The Harbour Masters House, Shannon Harbour, County Offaly

The formal back garden in the morning mist

Ready for Tea, The Harbour Masters House, Shannon Harbour, County Offaly

Ready for Tea

Breakfast is available early here. It is served in a very convenient comfortable room that overlooks the formal back gardens. Because the Harbour Master House on the Grand Canal at Shannon Harbour caters to fishermen and birders. They had an assortment of cereal, fruit, yogurt and buns and things for early risers.

Coal effect gas fire, The Harbour Masters House, Shannon Harbour

Coal effect gas fire

I live in a log cabin in Hendersonville, North Carolina. In my living room I have a gas fireplace that is made to look like it is a log fire. At breakfast they have a cozy gas fire that is made to look like a coal fire.

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