Lodge History

The Lodge was built in the 1830s as a sportsman’s hideaway

content_lodge_history_004

Delphi Lodge was built in the 1830’s by the Marquis of Sligo (Westport House) as a hunting/fishing lodge and is reputed to have named it ‘Delphi’ based on the valley’s alleged similarity to the home of the Oracle in Greece.

Used throughout the next 120 years by the family or leased out to various tenants for the fishing season – mostly British army officers or members of the protestant clergy. 

In 1903 Delphi Lodge was visited by King Edward VII.

Delphi was also mentioned very favourably in several fishing travelogues of the 19th century. Particularly noted for its sea trout, not salmon. “An Elysium Piscatorum” (Walter Peard, A Year of Liberty).

Delphi Lodge became famous from 1958 to 1971 when run by Alec Wallace, a brilliant Trinity College mathematician. He ran the lodge as though it were an informal fishing house-party, attracting many famous guests, including Nobel Prize winners, poets etc who came to stay. “A Man May Fish” by Judge T C Kingsmill Moore, reputed to be Ireland’s best ever fishing book, devotes a whole chapter to Alec Wallace and Delphi.

The house eventually fell into a semi-derelict condition until 1985, when Peter Mantle, along with friends and investors, restored the Lodge, Cottages and Fishery back to the wonderful estate we know today. Although Peter Mantle moved on in 2010 to open a highly successful bone fishing lodge in the Bahamas, Delphi Lodge continues in the ownership of the remaining long-standing shareholders.

In 1995 the house was delighted to host a visit form Prince Charles.

Watch us on YouTube:
Aerial Delphi Connemara Ireland
Delphi Lodge Country House Connemara Ireland

23/05/2016

Week 20 Lots of Craic and Some Fish Too

Week 20 is always busy here in Delphi. It combines a group of anglers who have been coming to Delphi for quite some time and it must be said that the craic is always mighty. This year the […]

More

15/05/2016

Persistence Pays for Leo and Jakob

Fishing in week 19 has been difficult this year, which is not at all surprising given the beautiful weather we have had. We had a mixture of long standing syndicate members and a relatively young and highly enthusiastic […]

More

07/05/2016

May Day Brings Water and Milder Conditions

Well since my last update the river tapered off to bare bones and we final got water on the nights of the 30th of April and the 1st of May. Despite the extremely low water conditions in week […]

More