Follies 1741 > 1850

Follies and Gatehouses 1741 – 1850

Carlow’s richest family, The IRA & Banshee’s

Ducketts Grove is located in Rainstown. co. Carlow. This great house was built between 1818-1850 and was once home to the Duckett family. The Duckett's were Carlow's largest landowners for 300 years with an estate [...]

Swiss Cottage, Cahir. co.Tipperary 1810

This national monument as is regarded as one of the finest examples of a 'cottage ornee' in Europe. These fantasy houses were popular with the gentry in the 19th century where they could play at [...]

One of Northern Ireland’s most iconic and photographed buildings is falling off a cliff

The Mussenden Temple was built in 1785 and forms part of the estate of Frederick Augustus Hervey 'the Earl Bishop', Bishop of Derry and Earl of Bristol. It is perched dramatically on a 120 ft [...]

A round tower built for love – good imitation ?

Portrane Round Tower is located in Portrane in north co.Dublin. Many of the Round Towers in the Fingal region date back to the Viking era with the likes of Lusk and St Columba’s tower in [...]

Built as a granary in response to the 1741 ‘forgotten famine’.

The Bottle Tower is located in Churchtown in south Dublin. It was built in reaction to the 1741 famine which ravished Ireland and many parts of Europe. Recent estimates have put the death toll of this [...]

A folly with a millionaires view

The Pyramid of Dublin is located on the top of Killiney Hill in south county Dublin. It was constructed in 1852 and is classified as an 'odd stepped pyramidal folly'. It was commissioned by Robert [...]

The Clayton-Browne nonsense & The only internally accessible Corinthian column in the World

Browne-Clayton Monument is located in county Wexford. It was built between 1839 - 41 and stands over 94 ft high on Carrigadaggan Hill. It is the only internally accessible Corinthian column in the World and [...]

A unique and odd looking structure, The 1741 famine & The emblem of the Irish Georgian Society

This strange looking structure is called 'Conolly's Folly' and stands 140 feet high. It is composed of several arches and is adorned by stone pineapples and eagles and is topped by a massive obelisk pillar. [...]

The year of the slaughter, up to 480,000 dead & the forgotten famine

Killiney Obelisk is located on top of Killliney Hill in south county Dublin. It was built in 1742 to provide work and commemorate a sad event in Ireland's history. It was commissioned by John Malpas [...]

The Wonderful Barn, Leixlip. co.Kildare – 1742

This odd looking structure is The Wonderful Barn, It was  commissioned by Katherine Conolly, widow of William 'speaker' Conolly of the Castletown Estate. It rises to a height of 73 feet in the shape of [...]

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