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Lost History: Summerhill House Co. Meath

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Today, I am bringing you another sad story of architectural destruction as Ireland is littered with great estates without great houses. One such example is in Summerhill, Co. Meath.  Summerhill House was one of the largest houses built in the Read more ›

Cork City Gaol Heritage Centre

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Holidays are a time for relaxation, taking a well needed break from stress and strain. Some people choose to do this on a beach or by going shopping, I do it by visiting prisons, graveyards and old, ruined buildings. So Read more ›

Lost History: Dartrey House

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I posted previously about the destruction of our architectural history. I paid particular attention to the loss of Devonshire house in London, torn down in the twenties to be replaced by the urban sprawl. This architectural loss is not limited just to Read more ›

Save our Built Heritage: 20 Kildare Street.

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Dublin is widley regarded as one of the most beautiful and intact Georgian city centres in Europe.  During the 1800′s Hundreds of elegant Georgian streets were built in the centre of power.  Many were built by wealthy merchants as well as aristocratic families wanting Read more ›

Art Afternoon Tea at the Merrion Dublin

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I  believe that there is not a nicer way to spend a lazy Saturday than having a good catch-up over an elegant Afternoon tea.  The only problem with this, is that after a while it all gets  bit samey.  This is Read more ›

Lost history: Devonshire House, London

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Why, I ask myself, are we so eager to move forward at the cost of our heritage? On my most recent visit to London I took a stroll around Green Park and Piccadilly, where I stumbled across a pair of Read more ›

Something Old: The Banqueting House, Whitehall

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On my last trip to London I paid a visit to one of the most spectacular buildings that I have ever been in, The Banqueting House in Whitehall. The Banqueting House was completed in 1622 by King James I and Read more ›

Something New: A Day in Christchurch Part 2

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For Part 1 please visit here. The Canterbury Museum The Canterbury Museum is located on the grounds of the Botanic Gardens, so you have no excuse not to pop in for a visit. Opened in 1870, the museum is housed in a beautiful stone building at the gates of Read more ›

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