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.

The Wonderful Barn, Leixlip. County Kildare 1742


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 widow of [...]

The Wonderful Barn, Leixlip. County Kildare 17422020-05-01T13:37:27+00:00