The original Magherabuoy House was built by a Liverpudlian doctor following the design of Sir Charles Lanyon – at that time Ireland’s leading architect. Lanyon also designed Queen’s University, Crumlin Road Gaol, Portrush town Hall and many other churches and notable public buildings across the north of the island.
During the years 1934-47 Magherabuoy House was the home of Sir Richard Dawson Bates, Minister for Home Affairs at the old Northern Ireland government at Stormont. Bates was a close ally of Lord Craigavon and a controversial figure in his own right, but he would often use Magherabuoy House to entertain foreign dignitaries.
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