Follies 1741 > 1850

Follies and Gatehouses 1741 – 1850

Ducketts Grove, Rainstown. co. Carlow 1818-1850

These are the incredible ruins of Duckett's Grove, located in Rainstown in co. Carlow. This great house was once home to the Duckett family who were the largest landowners in co. Carlow for 300 years [...]

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 [...]

Musseden Temple, Downhill. co.Derry 1785

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 [...]

Portrane Round Tower, Portrane. co. Dublin 1844

Many of the Round Towers in the Fingal region can date back to the Viking era with the likes of Lusk and St Columba’s tower in Swords which are regarded as two of the finest [...]

Avondale House Gatelodge, Rathdrum. co.Wicklow – 1777

This is the eccentric looking building is the gate lodge for Avondale House - the birthplace and home of Charles Stewart Parnell (1846 -1891). It was probably designed by the famous English architect James Wyatt [...]

The Bottle Tower, Churchtown. co.Dublin – 1741

This odd looking building is locally known as 'The Bottle Tower' and is located in Churchtown, South Dublin. It was built in reaction to the 1740/1 famine which ravished Ireland and many parts of Europe. [...]

The Pyramid of Dublin, Killiney Hill. co.Dublin – 1852

If you want a great view of Dublin Bay all the way along Sorrento Terrace, Dalkey Island and out to Bray Head - this is the place. 'The Pyramid of Dublin' is an odd stepped [...]

Browne-Clayton Monument, Carrigadaggan Hill. co.Wexford – 1841

The Browne-Clayton Monument is the only internally accessible Corinthian column in the World and thus is a unique architectural landmark. It was built between 1839 - 41 and stands over 94 ft high on Carrigadaggan [...]

Conolly’s Folly, Celbridge. co.Kildare – 1741

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. [...]

Killiney Obelisk, Killliney Hill. co.Dublin – 1742

The Killiney Obelisk, located in a stunning location on Killiney Hill, commemorates a sad event in Ireland's history. It was commissioned by John Malpas (a wealthy Catholic who had previously owned this land) in response [...]

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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