Dingle peninsula, Co Kerry, Ireland

Foildarrig, Ballinhover, Inch, Co Kerry - otherwise known as Redcliff(e) Lodge

Faill-dearg (ail) = cliff of the red spot. (Ir.)

Redcliff House (as it is now known) is at Inch. A beautiful house made famous by Bishop Casey which is currently run as a guest House. The owner is well informed and very helpful. Redcliff House is above the road from Inch to Anascaul. It was built in 1790 by Samuel Hickson as a hunting lodge. In the 80s it was owned by the church and got a dubious reputation, because the bishop of Galway used to meet his mistress Annie Murphy there (so I am told).

Foildarrig or Redcliffe Lodge was built by James Hickson who was the agent for Lord Lansdowne. He used it as a second home and died there in 1855. He was married to Barbara Godfrey and they had 14 children.

It seems that this house was also used by some of James' siblings, notably, John, and his nephews, especially Richard Mahony Hickson, who is recorded as being born at Redcliffe.

This bungalow is now used as a guest house and has spectacular views over Dingle Bay to the mountains, the Reeks.

The House is currently for sale. Can someone update me with news?

How to get there

From Dingle take the road towards Inch. It is about 3 km before Inch.

If you have a photograph of the house, I would love to put it on this page.