History of Roganstown
Roganstown Hotel & Country Club is an elegant country house hotel. We are located in picturesque grounds in Swords, North Dublin just 10 minutes’ drive from Dublin Airport. Our hotel has been beautifully restored to retain many features of the original Georgian house which you’ll discover as you explore the Roganstown estate.
Wrwogane, Roganston, Roganeston, Roganiston, Rogan’s Towne, Roganestowne or Roganstowne. The estate we know today as Roganstown has been called by many different names in its long history, which can be traced back to Anglo-Norman times
When the Vikings arrived in Ireland, they settled in various areas of North Co. Dublin. Their main settlements were Inver Domnon (better known today as Malahide) and Hoved (Howth). It is thought that the entire area was either known as Fine Gall (Region of the Foreigners) or Fionn Gall (the blond strangers).
By the time the Anglo-Normans arrived in Ireland in 1170, the Lord of the Manor – who was also the Archbishop of Dublin – built his palace at Sword’s Castle. The Manor of Swords included the Baroney of Nethercross, which in turn included Roganstown.
In 1640, the Down Survey showed that the land on which Roganstown House stands today was held by Nicholas Barnewall of Turvey, who owned 40 acres of land there and part of Rathbeale. On the 1866 ordnance survey of Ireland map, Roganstown House is set in parkland and woods with a large formal garden to the southwest. Remnants of the garden and a vegetable garden existed into the mid 20th century.
The Georgian style Roganstown House is thought to date from the 1820s. The house had a working farm attached, which was possibly linked to the Archbishop of Dublin. It was in the possession of the Aungier family from at least 1850 until 1916, when it was bought by the McLoughlin family. Three generations of the McLoughlin family lived at Roganstown before its development in 2004 as Dublin’s premier luxury Golf and Country Club.