Follies

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.

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

The Bottle Tower, Churchtown. County Dublin        1742 The Bottle Tower 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 'forgotten [...]

A folly with a millionaires view

The Pyramid of Dublin, Killiney Hill. County Dublin          1852 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 [...]

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 [...]

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