My name is Sonja and my husband, Kevin, and I currently live in our restored thatched farmhouse while we restore Tullaun Castle. I’m originally from East St Kilda in Melbourne, Australia and Kevin is from North County Dublin. We absolutely love old buildings and are passionate about their preservation so we were so delighted when our humble thatched farmhouse won Period Living Magazine’s Restoration Award, 2011, for the UK and Ireland.
Our restoration of the farmhouse fueled our interest in the vernacular buildings of Ireland and more recently the tower houses of the 15th and 16th century. Since 2003, our fascination with tower houses led us out on countless journeys in search of these ancient ruins with the dream of finding the ideal tower house ruin to restore. Our search, which was assisted by many wonderful like-minded people we’d met along the way, eventually led us to North Tipperary and the ancient ruin of Tullaun Castle.
In 2007 we purchased Tullaun Castle, with the adjoining lands, off the Costello family. In 2010 we finally obtained planning approval for its restoration and in 2013 we embarked on the daunting journey of Tullaun’s restoration.
We would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all the people who have helped us along the way. We have met some really wonderful people (thanks Jim!!).
We hope you enjoy reading about the history of Tullaun Castle and joining us on our journey in restoring this ruined building.