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 an ornamental cottage 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 18122020-05-07T12:48:08+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 17852020-04-29T13:44:37+00:00

The Round Tower, Portrane. County Dublin 1844

2020-05-14T08:39:21+00:00

A round tower built for love - not long ago though! This is the Round Tower in Portrane in North County Dublin. Many of the Round Towers in the Fingal region date back [...]

The Round Tower, Portrane. County Dublin 18442020-05-14T08:39:21+00:00