Tyrone House Kilcolgan County Galway Ireland 22nd April 2016


Tyrone House Kilcolgan County Galway Ireland 22nd April 2016

Designed by John Roberts Tyrone House was built in 1779 for Christopher French St. George, part of an old Co. Galway family with Norman Irish roots. Empty since 1905, the house was torched by the IRA during the War of Independence in 1921 when the house was rumoured to be a base for the Black & Tan army during the War of Independence. An elderly and bed-bound caretaker was reputed to be inside at the time, but the IRA carried his bed, bedding and furniture downstairs, put him in one of the out-offices and then set the place alight. It has lain derelict since but many of the valuable architectural features have been removed. It is a very atmospheric and melancholy sight especially at sunset.

Tuam County Galway Ireland 21st April 2016

The beautiful cast iron spandrels of the columns supporting Tuam station's platform roofing also support a blackbird. The station was originally opened in 1860 as part of the Waterford, Limerick and Western Railway (later Great Southern & Western Railway) route between Limerick and Sligo. It was closed, along with the whole route, in 1976 during Córas Iompair Éireann's rationalisation of the rail network.

Trim County Meath Ireland 19th April 2016

The impressive Trim Castle and River Boyne lit up at night. Trim Castle, Ireland's largest Norman castle was built in the late 12th century following the Norman invasion of Ireland. It was used in the production of the film Braveheart