Built Heritage 1700 - Today

Buildings shape our countryside, and feature in landscapes, towns and cities. Architectural historian Kevin Mulligan helps us to find out more about this part of our identity.

Architecture constitutes the art form most closely related to human needs. Whether formally shaped by sophisticated personal tastes, wealth and ambition or simply developed with local resources to suit the basic demands of life and work, buildings shape our countryside

Traditional Farm Building

Traditional farm buildings in the countryside are subtle indicators for human involvement in the landscape and contribute to a strong sense of place.

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 , and feature in landscapes, towns and cities. They are part of our identity.
Despite the evidence of a great Irish building tradition from antiquity, Ireland is today dominated by buildings constructed from 1700 onwards. These are represented by vernacular buildings in the countryside such as cottages, farmyards and churches

Skeaghvasteen, Co. Kilkenny

A typical country chapel built to a T-plan at Skeaghvasteen, Co. Kilkenny

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 , and often barely noticed structures like milestones, walls and gate piers

Crossreagh, Co. Cavan

A cottage gateway with elaborate hand-forged ironwork at Crossreagh, Co. Cavan

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 , all blended features of the landscape and wholly unpretentious. They are also represented by formally designed country houses and gardens

Bantry, Co. Cork

A large and dramatically sited Georgian country house with extensive Victorian formal gardens at Bantry, Co. Cork

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 , and in our varied streetscapes, courthouses, market houses, cathedrals and institutions that form grander gestures

Hillsborough, Co. Down

Sited in the centre of the market place in Hillsborough, Co. Down, this building combines a market house and court house in the same structure and was built under the influence of the local landowner.

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 . These buildings serve as critical references for elements of the social and historical development of the country and are a vital heritage transmitted to us from the past.


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