Follies 1741 > 1850

A folly is by definition an ornamental structure (although some do have a purpose). They are to be viewed as part of the scenery and were usually based on the picturesque ruins of the classical World. They are often eccentric in design or construction and there is often an element of fantasy or make believe in their construction. Some Irish follies were built as famine relief projects to provide employment.

One of the finest examples of a ‘cottage ornee’ in Europe

Swiss Cottage was built in 1810 and is located near Cahir in county Tipperary. It is regarded as one of the finest examples of a 'cottage ornee' in Europe and is now a national monument. [...]

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 [...]

The Roundtower built for love – but is it an original ?

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, Churchtown. County Dublin        1742 This odd looking structure is known as The Bottle Tower or Hall’s Barn. It was commissioned by Major Hall in 1742 as a miniature replica of the Wonderful Barn [...]

A folly with a millionaires view

The Pyramid of Dublin, Killiney Hill, County Dublin The Pyramid of Dublin was constructed in 1852 and is classified as an 'odd stepped pyramidal folly'. It was commissioned by Robert Warren who bought these lands [...]

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

Conolly’s Folly, Celbridge, County Kildare This strange looking structure was built in 1742 and is known as 'Conolly's Folly' or ‘Conolly’s Obelisk’. It stands 140-feet high and is composed of several arches and is adorned [...]

An odd looking obelisk, the Year of the Slaughter & Ireland’s forgotten famine

Killiney Obelisk is located on top of Killiney Hill in south county Dublin and commands some of the most spectacular vistas of Dublin Bay. It was built in 1742 to commemorate a sad event in [...]

Possibly Ireland’s most famous folly

The Wonderful Barn, Leixlip, County Kildare This odd looking structure is The Wonderful Barn. It was commissioned as a famine relief project by Katherine Conolly. Katherine was the widow of William ‘Speaker’ Conolly of the [...]

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