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 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 [...]

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