AREA LOCATION ROEBUCK, Willowfield Park, Goatstown.
MAP LOCATION OSI maps of 1838-1845 and 1898-1913 place it in the townland of Roebuck and
it is annotated as Prospect and Prospect Hall respectively.
‘There is upon this holding an extensive mansion house consisting of parlour, drawing room and
several other reception rooms with five bed chambers and dressing rooms, kitchen and servants
apartments in the basement story, a walled garden and ornamental plantations, farm yard and
stabling for six horses, two coach houses all in excellent order.’ (Brassington 1832)
This building had single-story bow-fronted wings but these were considerably altered when they
were raised to the same height as the main house. Gaspar Gabrielli came from Italy did some work
for Lord Cloncurry. Sir Robert Harty, friend and political affiliate of Cloncurry, may have employed
Gabrielli to decorate his rooms in Prospect and his town house, 49 Merrion Square ‘where the
panoramic scenes and landscapes fill the walls from the dado to the cornice’.
YEAR BUILT circa 1790
VALUATION In 1912 the valuation was 122 pounds and in the 1901 census it is noted as
having 17 rooms occupied by family.
SOURCES Thom’s directories, contemporaneous newspapers, OSI Maps and NAI Census & Wills
1783 Meadow and pasture to let from the Earl of Pembroke
Arthur de Burgh Crofton
1814 Madame de Geverac
1826 - 1831 Mrs Davis (wife of John Davis and mother in law of Robert Harty)
1826 - 1832 Sir Robert Way Harty (Alderman and Mayor of Dublin in 1829)
1835 Robert Manders
1837 - 1841 Lady Harty
1838 Richard Watkins
1839 Henry Darley
1845 Richard Watkins
1857 - 1881 Sir Robert Harty, Bart
1881 - 1902 Miss Elizabeth Henrietta Harty
1961 - 2018 St Michael's House
CONTRIBUTOR © June Bow, Catherine Brugha & Karen Poff
DATE July 2018