Follies 1741 > 1850

Follies and Gatehouses 1741 – 1850

Carlows richest family, Banshee’s and the IRA

Ducketts Grove is located in Rainstown. co. Carlow. This great house was built between 1818-1850. This was 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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