TheHazelwoodHeritageSocietyhasformanyyearsworked,andwillcontinuetodosotoachieverecognitionforHazelwood House, highlighting the importance of Hazelwood as a part of our built heritage in the North West. TheGermanarchitectRichardCassellsdesignedandsupervisedthebuildingofthegreathousein1731.Itwastobethefirst PalladianVilladesignedbyhimtobeseeninIreland.ThedesignofHazelwoodbecametheprototypeforothergreathousesbuilt to his design here, including Leinster House, Powerscourt House and Bellinter House.
SAVING, PROTECTING and CARING for the PEACE & TRANQUILITY of HAZEL WOOD FORESTSECURING, PROTECTING and CARING the ARCHITECTURE & HISTORICAL HAZELWOOD HOUSE
The Hazelwood Heritage Society has for many years worked, and will continue to do so to achieve recognition for Hazelwood House, highlighting the importance of Hazelwood as a part of our built heritage in the North West. The German architect Richard Cassells designed and supervised the building of the great house in 1731. It was to be the first Palladian Villa designed by him to be seen in Ireland. The design of Hazelwood became the prototype for other great houses built to his design here, including Leinster House, Powerscourt House and Bellinter House. Over the past 30 years the condition o the House has been allowed to deteriorate by its various owners, despite being a protected structure. In 2011 repairs were carried out principally to some of the roof areas with the benefit of grants both from the Dept. of the Environment’s Heritage Council & the Buildings at Risk Fund, as a consequence of close monitoring of the situation by the HHS and the locally concerned community. The huge amount of interest in the affairs of Hazelwood was evidenced by the large and animated attendance at the presentation during Heritage week, 2011.The HHS has achieved its initial aims of raising the profile of Hazelwood and having basic repairs done with the help of Sligo County Council, who facilitated the section 53 orders, reminding the owners of their responsibilities to maintain a protected structure. Looking to the future the next phase will focus on the conservation of the house and its environs.
In O'Rourke's 'History of Sligo' he declares 'The scenery of the County of Sligo is universally acknowledged to be amongst the most attractive in Ireland ; and if a choice were to be made as to which portion of it is entitled to be considered the most charming, undoubtedly that rank would be accorded to the country about Lough Gill. Even to those who have wandered through Europe, and seen its finest scenery, there still remains something inexpressibly graceful and quietly picturesque in the scenery surrounding the lake'.
HazelwoodHouse,thefirstandmostimportant PalladianVillabuilttothedesignofRichardCassellsin 1731,anditssurroundinglandscapetheRiver GarravogueandLoughGillisofoutstandinbeauty,was threatenedfromaproposedhousingdevelopmentthat wouldhavescarredthnaturalenvironmentforever. Trees,ruthlesslypulleddown.Roads,pavementsand housessmotheringthefertilelandwherewildflowers grow.Theexquisteviewsalongtheriver'sedge, replacedbythesightofbricksandconcrete.Thewoods muchlovedandfrequentedbylocalsandvisitorsalike goneunderthebulldozers,nevertoreturn.Theunspoilt magnificenceofLoughGill,regardedbymanyasoneof themostgloriouslakesinIreland,wouldneverhave been the same
OurVisionSAVING, PROTECTING and CARING for the PEACE & TRANQUILITY of HAZELWOOD FOREST& CARING for the ARCHITECTURE & HISTORICAL HAZELWOOD HOUSEThe Hazelwood Heritage Society is actively directed towards the preservation, restoration and upkeep of Hazelwood House and its environs, ensuring it remains a recreational and cultural asset for the wider community
WE ARE THE HAZELWOOD HERITAGE SOCIETY (HHS)For over five years the Hazelwood Action Group has worked to achieve recognition for Hazelwood House, highlighting the importance of Hazelwood as a part of our built heritage in the North West. The Action Group has achieved its initial aims of raising the profile of Hazelwood and having basic repairs done with the help of Sligo County Council. To this end the Action Group felt it is appropriate to now be known as the Hazelwood Heritage Society.
Hazelwood Heritage Society has been working on a project to research and record the history of competitive rowing on Lough Gill, 1840 to 1900. There were regattas on Lough Gill as far back as 1846.The material gathered will eventually be edited and compiled into a CD/DVD.