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Kinvara – 1897 – a fine place to stay

Paul Bourget  (1852-1935)  Crowell, NY, 1899

Paul Bourget
(1852-1935)
Crowell, NY, 1899

The Catholic Press (NSW 1895-1942) Saturday 2nd January 1897
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CONNAUGHT.

Getaway. — Paul Bourget, the French writer, will soon have published a novel, the scene of which is laid in Ireland. Bourgot went to that country to search out his ideal scene. He found a quaint old castellated building known as Neptune Yale, in the heart of a singularly romantic region on the southern shore of Galway Bay, and within a few miles of Kinvara.

It was built by a Frenchman, once the Mayor of Bordeaux, who was obliged to fly from France at the time of the French Revolution. He inherited a large property in the neighbourhood of Kinvara by his marriage with a Miss Ffrench, heiress and representative of one of the Galway tribes, After his death the property passed through several hands, but apparently remained always in the family. The traditions of the house and region- are interwoven artistically into the tale. A correspondent of the Freeman’s Journal of Dublin, writing about Bourgot and his book, said; — ‘M. Bourgot, the famous writer, and his highly accomplished wife, Madame Bourgot., spent their holidays last summer in the immediate neighbourhood of ‘Neptune Vale,’ the guests of Count de Basterot, the descendant of ‘ The Mayor of Bordeaux,’ founder of ‘ Neptune Vale’ Castle. Similarity of tastes has made Count de Bastorot and M, Bourgot intimate friends for yoars, as Count do Bastorot is himself a man of singularly cultured mind and the author of some well-known works on travel. During thoir stay at ‘Neptune Vale Castle’ Madame and Paul Bourgot expressed themselves no less delighted with the wild and romantic scenery of the district than they were pleased with the demeanour and characteristics of the people. It may not be out of place to add that the distinguished visitors greatly edified the people of the place by their unassuming manner and practical Catholicity.’

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