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 famine’ to between 250,000 and 480,000 people. It was built under the direction of Kathryn Conolly to keep local people employed during these tough times and was probably built as a granary. Inside it has 2 fireplaces which would suggest that it was also suitable for domestic purposes. The cantilevered staircase leads to a small ‘lookout’ area and this was probably used for shooting game. Its design is similar in style to ‘The Wonderful Barn’ in Leixlip which was also commissioned by Kathryn Conolly.