Marshall Doran Collection at Belleek Castle
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Belleek Castle & The Marshall Doran Collection is a unique Museum experience in Ballina. The Belleek Castle tour includes an explanation of the origins of the Castle and the history of its former owners, The Knox-Gore Family and the Earls of Arran.
The highlight of the tour will be the ‘Marshall Doran Collection’ which is one of the finest collections of arms and armour, fossils and antiques in Ireland. You will also see the grace O’Malley room and the last wolf shot in Connaught.
When taking part in the tour You will see private dining rooms decorated in opulent romantic style, as well as the Medieval banquet Hall, the Spanish Armada & the Tween Deck
Belleek Castle was built between 1825 & 1831 on the site of a medieval abbey, one of the four along the River Moy. Belleek was commissioned by Sir Arthur Francis Knox-Gore. The manor house was designed by the prolific architect John Benjamin Keanes, and the neo-gothic architecture met the taste of the time when medieval styles become fashionable. The knox-Gores lived in Belleek until the early 1940’s.
Marshall Doran, a merchant navy officer and an avid collector of fossils and medieval armour, acquired the run down property in 1961, restored it and opened it as a Hotel in 1970. Some of the rooms are still in the 19th style, whilst most of the interior design has a medieval and nautical touch. Marshall being quite a craftsman, did a lot of the work himself, assisted by John Mullen and supervised by the restoration expertly. Today the castle is managed by Marshall son Paul Doran and Ms Maya Nikolaeva.