The Follies and Garden Buildings of Ireland

This volume – the first to focus solely on follies and garden buildings in Ireland – recreates in word and image the wonder of these architectural oddities. James Howley examines buildings mainly from the 18th and 19th centuries and from all four provinces of Ireland, placing them in their architectural and historical contexts. Illustrated with recent photographs showing the detail and settings of the buildings in the 21st century, as well as older photographs, contemporary drawings and prints, and measured survey drawings of elevations and plans, the book makes a significant contribution to Irish 18th- and 19th-century architectural history. – See more at:


RTE About the house

Russborough House is known as one of Ireland’s most beautiful houses. With a history stretching back to the mid-1700s, it is one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in Ireland.

Several years ago, work began on restoring the west wing of the house so that it could once again be used as living quarters for the holidaying public. But one year in, disaster struck. A fire began in the attic and consumed much of the top floor of the wing, taking the entire roof with it.

About the House came in as the project was being pieced back together following the catastrophe. What would it mean for West Wing project? As we uncover the story of this building project and Russborough, the broader subject of how we can conserve our historic buildings going into the future will be opened up.