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.
Johnstown Castle is located on the 150 acre Johnstown Castle Estate near Rathaspeck in County Wexford. The original castle was built in the late 12th century by the Esmonde family of Lincolnshire soon after [...]