What remains of Bowen’s Court?

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The brief answer to the title question is: nothing but a field and a gate. First of all however, a little bit about Elizabeth Bowen and what Bowen’s Court was.

A vibrant literary tradition colours County Cork. On the road from Kildorrery (North Cork), you’d be forgiven for thinking you were on one of the same country roads that wind and weave throughout the Irish countryside, except that this one is irrevocably imbued with the memories and stories of Elizabeth Dorothea Cole Bowen (1899-1973), perpetuated most resolutely in the novel The Last September (1929). Bowen was born at Herbert Place in Dublin on the 7th of June, and famously thought that winter resided in Dublin and summer in Cork, given that she grew up spending her summers in Bowen’s court. Her father, Henry, and her mother, Florence, decided to move to England once her father become mentally ill in…

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