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Baggot Court is steeped in history. The building was first occupied as family home by Patrick Curtis on 15th July 1815. Patrick was a stockbroker and prominent campaigner for greater religious freedom. He worked with Daniel O’Connell “the liberator “ who successfully introduced Roman Catholic Relief Act in 1829 which included the right to vote and engage in the professions. In 1829 Timothy O Brien purchased Baggot Court from Patrick Curtis. Timothy O Brien was a wine merchant and in 1844 he became Lord Major of Dublin only the third major to have been democratically elected at that time. You will note newspaper reports on the walls of the dining room reporting on the pomp and ceremony in Dublin when the lord major was appointed. Queen Victoria visited Dublin in 1849 and was welcomed to the city by O Brien who was serving a second term as Lord Major. Dublin was not a walled city and it was decided to create a replica of a city gate. It was constructed on Baggot Street Bridge a short walk to the right when you exit the front door. A picture of the replica gate is hanging on the wall in the hall. She gave him the title Bart.

During the war of independent on 21st November 1920 a decision was made by Michael Collins leader of the Irish resistance to eliminate the British secret service who were operating in the city. That night 13 senior secret service personnel were executed. An attack was carried out on a occupant at Baggot Court which was at that time a house laid out in apartments. During a very successful visit to Ireland in 2011 Queen Elizabeth visited Croke Park. In 1996 the property was in a derelict state.

The property had no roof and the only occupants were the pigeons. The property was purchased by the present owners. The property was rebuilt and converted into a guesthouse. The original house was a frugal type of Georgian house. The builders saved as much of the original house during construction as they could but most of it was in very poor condition. Features remaining from 1815 include the banisters on the stairs the window frames in most of the house and some of the ceilings. Also the front door. The fan light over the door is very special and of the period. It is worth having a look at it when leaving the premises.