The Casino at Marino, Dublin
The Casino was built for James Caulfield, the 1st Earl of Charlemont in 1750-1775. Caulfield had just returned from The Grand Tour of Europe and was inspired to create what has become Ireland’s most important Neo-Classical building.
The Casino was actually built as a garden pavilion house to the Earl’s main residence at Marino House. He had plenty of property to choose from, with his townhouse Charlemont House on Parnell Square (now the Hugh Lane Dublin City Gallery). The Casino was originally linked to Marino House via an underground tunnel but unfortunately it has since been blocked over.
Surprisingly the property is actually very small, it’s footprint is just 50 feet square to the outer columns. But despite looking like 1 large room from the outside, it actually contains 16 rooms over 3 floors.
Some of the floors split the tall elegant sash windows and more are hidden into the rooftop façade. This inside has to be seen to be believed. Particularly the stunning plasterwork ceilings and ornate paintwork that has been lovingly restored.
Heritage Ireland Open Wednesdays
The Casino is on view every Wednesday thanks to Heritage Ireland and the Office of Public Works.