Also known by the older Irish name of Gortenacuppogue. Marble Hill is in Galway, Ireland. It is located on a far earlier ancient pre-Celtic settlement area, surrounded by prehistoric megalithic structures including wedge tombs and ring forts. It is today a townland in the parish of Ballynakill. Read more on the Marblehill history pages.
The Burke family that used to reside at the Marble Hill house were one of the large estate landowners in County Galway during the 18th and 19th centuries.
John Burke (1713 to 1793) lived at Grallough before Marble Hill. He renamed the place from Creggeen (rocky place) to Marble Hill.
The Burkes of Marble Hill, Galway, Ireland
Marble Hill History
Megalithic Tombs At Marble Hill
The old Ordnance Survey maps from the early 1840’s show a significant concentration of megalithic tombs within and near the grounds of Marblehill house.
Marble Hill House Pump House
A pump was built in the late 17th to 18th century to provide a fresh water supply to the estate house, well water and gardens of Marble Hill. The pump house had to be strong and secure, to protect the water supply from pollution from animals or from other interference.
The pump was watched over day and night by the residents of the long L shaped house adjacent to the small stone built pump house, if anything went wrong with the pump it would need immediate attention. It was sophisticated use of technology during these times in history.
Hidden Tunnels Found Underneath Marble Hill House
Hidden tunnels were discovered beneath the grounds and the ruins of the historic Marble Hill House in County Galway, Ireland in the 1990s. The passages seem to date back to the late 17th and early 18th centuries and the hypothesis is that they originally formed a network to manage fresh water. The tunnels are formed out of thick-cut stone slabs, based on the style preferred for the old estate house and surrounding building’s structure, they were erected at the same time as the house on the boreen adjacent to the ruins of the estate house.
The long tunnels are just about large enough for someone to crawl because that was the only way how any blockages would have been removed during these times.