Events 2012-13

The Follies Trust invites you to a lecture by Andrew Carpenter

“Buildings, follies and gardens in the verse of eighteenth-century Ireland.”

Andrew Carpenter gave a lecture in the City Assembly House, Dublin, on 19 November 2013.

Please click for more information:  Andrew Carpenter lecture Nov 2013


Castletown Follies

On 27 September the Follies Trust family of Friends and interested individuals had a wonderful day at Castletown. The Office of Public Works kindly allowed us to use Castletown house for a superb lecture by Ana Dolan on the history of obelisks and the conservation of the Conolly folly.

Then, in beautiful sunshine, we went to see the Conolly folly and to admire the work undertaken by OPW. In June 2006 the Follies Trust’s first ever outing was to the Conolly folly just before work commenced; it was great to return and see its transformation.

Then we went to see the Wonderful Barn and its dovecots. They were formerly part of the Castletown estate but are now in the ownership of Kildare County Council. This is a group of follies to be savoured and enjoyed!

Wonderful Barn





Photographer Con Brogan, DAHGPhotographer Con Brogan, DAHG



Drawing by Michael Craig, courtesy of OPW

Drawing by Michael Craig, courtesy of OPW

Follies Trust lectures 2013

The Follies Trust’s latest project is to conserve two lovely little structures which once housed the men who guarded the linen on the bleach greens of the Upper Bann Valley.

To raise awareness of these industrial artefacts and funds for their restoration the Follies Trust held a lecture in Banbridge, County Down.

Tullylish watch towers lecture

For further information on the Tullylish watch houses click on this article written for the Craigavon Historical Society’s Review 2013

Speaker and audience at lecture

Speaker and audience at lecture

Banbridge Lecture

Banbridge Lecture


Practical Lime Day

On 14 June the Follies Trust Practical Lime Day was held at Tyrella fort. Chris McCollum, Conservation Surveyor, and Edward Byrne from Traditional Lime Company in Tullow, Co. Carlow, provided the professional guidance on the day.

In May, prior to the event, a sample of lime mortar from Tyrella fort was sent to the Scottish Lime Centre for analysis. After the results were received the analysis was considered by Chris and a mix of sand, aggregate and lime agreed which would match the original as closely as possible.

Twenty people attended the event and all got involved hands on! After a talk on the use of lime by Chris and a practical demonstration of mixing it by Edward the joints were raked out and vegetation removed. Then the walls were sprayed with water prior to pointing. Some remedial repairs were required at the corners where there was a small collapse.

The fort is a plain square stone structure with curved battered walls and a stone battlement on a brick course. Entry is through a brick archway which leads to a flight of steps to an open interior. From the rampart there is a fine view of Dundrum bay and Tyrella beach where SS Great Britain ran aground in 1846. See for a photo from Science & Society Picture Library of the stranded ship.
The Follies Trust is very grateful to the owner of the fort for permission to hold the Practical Lime day at Tyrella and for all his interest in and support for the project.

Practical Lime Day at Tyrella Fort Video


Follies Trust Outings

Every year the Follies Trust organises an outing for its supporters and visits Irish Follies and other historic structures.


Follies Trust Meander through the Irish Midlands 7-9 June 2013

On the finest and sunniest weekend of June seventeen members of the Follies Trust visited a memorable variety of interesting structures (most of which could be termed follies!) and two lovely historic houses. Our weekend was based at Martinstown House, designed by Decimus Burton and one of the many gems to be found in Hidden Ireland.

On the former Headfort estate at Kells Co Meath we visited the Taylour mausoleum and the Spire of Lloyd before travelling to Ardbraccan House. We saw three pyramid mausolea in County Kildare before travelling to find another in County Offaly and later a three sided pyramid in County Meath. We visited the lovely Agher church and saw the intriguing Winter mausoleum as well as the prospect tower, known as Sadleir’s tower. On the final day we visited Bracklyn house and saw the amazing Bracklyn gate lodge and the enigmatic Cooke mausoleum – shaped like a beehive! We were also treated to an interesting insight into a nineteenth century court case about the Cooke inheritance by Thomas Pakenham as we consumed a picnic lunch!

Taylour Mausoleum

Ardbraccan House Co Meath

Burrows pyramid mausoleum at Aga Khan’s stud Co Kildare

Nass Pyramid

Sadleir’s Tower Co Offally

Pyramid mausoleum at Kinnity Co Offally

House party for FT participants Martinstown House Co Kildare

House party for FT participants Martinstown House Co Kildare

Memorial in Agher church to John Pratt Winter who died leading the charge of the Light Brigade at Sebastopol

Memorial in Agher church to John Pratt Winter who died leading the charge of the Light Brigade at Sebastopol


Bracklyn House Gates

Bracklyn House Gates

County Mayo July 2012

In July 2012, we went to County Mayo and this is a selection of the delightful places visited.

Ballycurrin Lighthouse at Ballycurrin House Co Mayo

French Hill Mounument Nr Breaghwy Lodge Co Mayo

Gods of the Neale Nr Ballinrobe Co Mayo

The Pyramid Neale House Co Mayo

The Temple Neale House Co Mayo

Various from the Folly Jolly!