Architecture in Offaly
For information about archictecture in County Offaly the best place to start is www.buildingsofireland.ie which is the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht website. Another very good site is the Dept AHG archeological site, which gives a lot of historical information and some of the protected structure are also on the sites and monuments record. www.archaeology.ie
Useful publications include
- An Introduction to the Architectural Heritage of County Offaly, Government of Ireland, 2006
- Living Under Thatch, Vernacular Architecture in County Offaly, Barry O'Reilly, Mercier Press, 2004
- Offaly Bridges, Fred Hamond, Offaly County Council, 2005 - available to download or from the library service Part one, | part two. This survey covers all 407 named bridges in the county.
- Geashill, The Evolution of its Architecture, Rachel McKenna, Offaly County Council, 2012
Protected Structures in Offaly
Shop Front Guidelines
Offaly County Council has developed guideance for shopfronts and signs. Download the Shopfront and Signs Guidance Leaflet pdf here.
Engage with Architecture 2012 - March Programme
This was an exciting month with the launch of the Engage with Architecture 2012 project. It brought out a whole range of projects from junior school to transition year projects, to talks, posters, narrated slide shows and more. There is an Engage with Architecture page on facebook so get regular updates by signing up! Download a report of the Engage activities. Part of the project is called 'In conversation with...' and 5 youtube clips about owners and their buildings seen on www.youtube.com/offalyheritage
Engage with Architecture - May 2011
Engage with Architecture in 2011 focused on an exhibition and workshop area in a shop in Main Street during May 2011 with lectures and talks. To get an overview of the project download the Engage pdf (9MB). As part of this project, quiz sheets for architectural features were designed for Birr, Tullamore and Edenderry. They are fun and free and can be downloaded here.
Birr Architectural Quiz
Edenderry Architectural Quiz
Tullamore Architectural Quiz