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.

Swiss Cottage, Cahir. County Tipperary 1812

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One of the finest examples of a 'cottage ornee' in Europe Fantasy houses such as Swiss Cottage were popular with the gentry in the 19th century where they could play at being peasants [...]

Swiss Cottage, Cahir. County Tipperary 18122019-06-25T21:02:03+00:00

Mussenden Temple, Castlerock. County Derry 1785

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One of Northern Ireland's most iconic and photographed buildings  The Mussenden Temple was built in 1785 and forms part of the estate of Frederick Augustus Hervey 'the Earl Bishop', Bishop of Derry and [...]

Mussenden Temple, Castlerock. County Derry 17852019-06-26T05:15:45+00:00

The Round Tower, Portrane. County Dublin 1844

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The Roundtower built for love - but is it an original ? This is the Round Tower in Portrane in north County Dublin. Many of the Round Towers in the Fingal region date [...]

The Round Tower, Portrane. County Dublin 18442019-06-26T16:43:08+00:00

Conolly’s Folly, Celbridge, County Kildare 1742

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A unique odd looking structure & The emblem of the Irish Georgian Society This strange looking structure was built in 1742 and is known as 'Conolly's Folly' or ‘Conolly’s Obelisk’. It stands 140-feet [...]

Conolly’s Folly, Celbridge, County Kildare 17422019-06-28T17:14:39+00:00

The Wonderful Barn, Leixlip. County Kildare 1742

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Possibly Ireland’s most famous folly (but it isn't really a folly) This odd looking structure is The Wonderful Barn. It was commissioned as a famine relief project by Katherine Conolly. Katherine was the [...]

The Wonderful Barn, Leixlip. County Kildare 17422019-07-26T07:35:07+00:00