The only internally accessible Corinthian column in the world – but is it nonsense?

The Browne-Clayton Monument is the only internally accessible Corinthian column in the World and thus is a unique architectural landmark. It was built between 1839 – 41 and stands over 94 ft high on Carrigadaggan Hill in Co. Wexford. The design replicates Pompey’s Pillar in Alexandria, Egypt but is 10 feet higher. The monument was designed by the renowned architect, Thomas Cobden, who is most famous for his designs of Carlow Cathedral and Ducketts Grove. It was built by General Robert Browne-Clayton of Carrigbyrne in commemoration of his commanding officer Sir Ralph Abercrombie. Abercrombie fought alongside Clayton against Napoleon in Egypt in 1801 but later died of his wounds. The local name for this monument is ‘Browne’s Nonsense’ as rumor says that Browne actually built it in memory of his son, who he thought was killed in battle, but later turned up alive soon after the pillar’s completion! On 29 December 1994, the monument was struck by lightning and made a gaping hole in the top third of the column blocking the staircase. Since this incident, it has since been lovingly restored with funding from private donations and local and international heritage funding.