As from September 2006 the ICHM will be moving to the wonderful facilities of the Nursing building at the Tralee Institute of Technology.
Collis-Sandes House, Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
Collis-Sandes House is located in six hectares of mature wooded grounds. It is a ten-minute walk from the train station (or a €5.00 taxi ride) and has its own private car park and accommodation facilities.
If you want to stay at Collis-Sandes House, they have a hostel facility that you can book: + 353 1 66 7128 658; By Email on firstname.lastname@example.org or on its on-line booking web site www.colsands.com .
Described by Michael McCarthy, professor of History of Art at University College Dublin in 1997 Irish Arts Review as:
“An architectural jewel of the greatest delicacy and of first importance to International and Irish architectural history thanks to the quality of design and execution”
Collis-Sandes House, or Oak Park House was designed by the Irish Architect, Mr William Atkins (1812–1887), constructed in 1849 as a family mansion for Maurice Fitzgerald Sandes, a barrister who held the position of Registrar General of Bengal, before returning to Ireland to the post of Justice of the Peace and High Sheriff of Tralee.
In 1923 the Bishop of Kerry purchased Oak Park House for £4000 and it became the Central Novitiate of the Presentation Order. In 1924 the building was purchased for use as Urban District Council Offices, a plan that never materialised due to it being some distance (1.5km) from the town centre.
In 1975 it passed to the County Committee of Agriculture for office use before being purchased by Tralee Pitch and Putt Club, and eventually being purchased by its current owners Mr Enda O’Brien and Mr Patrick Crean in 1994. They renamed the house Collis-Sandes House in honour of its former owner. The restoration and fantastic condition of this unique building is a credit to its owners and to whom we are indebted for our unique and very special venue for the ICHM.