Follies of Offaly

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In November 2017 Flights of Fancy; Follies, Families and Demesnesin Offaly by Rachel McKenna, county architect was published by Offaly County Council. It is hardback, full colour and over 350 pages  detailing 15 demesnes Charlevill, Birr, Glsoter, Tubberdaly, Ballycumber, Moorock, Busherstown, Prospect, Acres, Belview, Mullagh Hill, Ballyeighan, Hollow House, Kinnitty and Loughton. Available in local bookshops and Offaly History on Bury Quay for €30.00.

In 2013, Offaly County Council commissioned a study of 11 follies in county Offaly with grant aid from the Heritage Council. The report was carried out by James Howley of Howley Hayes who has written The Follies and Garden Buildings of Ireland originally published in 2003. Download Eleven Follies in County Offaly, Condition Survey and Measured Drawings by Howley Hayes Architects.

In 2014, conservation works were carried out on the Tower on Mullagh Hill by the owners, the Dillon family, with support from the Follies Trust and Offaly County Council.

In 2009, Offaly Local Authorities commissioned a report on the column in Emmet Square in Birr designed by Samuel Chearnley which was subsequently conserved. Download The Column in Emmet Square report by Howley Hayes Architects.

www.buildingsofireland.ie can be searched under 'Offaly' and building type 'follies' for more information.