Forests in Seventeenth Century Ireland

Like all indigenous people around the world, the Gaelic clans around Ireland would have been hailed as conservationists considering current mentality in the caring for our natural environment. That said, the forests of Ireland at the beginning of the 17C covered 1/8 of the land mass of Ireland. The above fraction sounds insignificant, but the…

Mount Long Castle, County Cork

Set on high ground overlooking the winding Belgooly River and Oyster Haven, the ivy-covered Mountlong Castle makes a picturesque impression in the lush rural landscape, epitomising the romantic vista anticipated by the tourist visiting Ireland who expects to see an abundance of castles and to hear tales of ancient mythology. Mountlong Castle, begun in 1631…

The story of 17th century Irish houses.

Outside of the academic environment, identification of 17th century Irish houses is something ambiguous and confusing to most. For people that may never have studied or read anything on the subject there may be a pause as they question whether the Georgian architectural era that is so prevalent throughout the island is from the 18th…

Ireland & England Moment

  These snippets are big enough for a Facebook read I think! The idea is to compare similar architectural styles and histories from roughly the same period between these islands. England, with the best-preserved architecture on these islands punches way above its weight in style, longevity and diversity for a bunch of reasons. However, some…