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Architecture in Offaly

There is a fabulous range of buildings in Offaly from thatch cottages to castles, follies and mills. For information about architecture in County Offaly the best place to start is which is the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht website which profiles hundreds of buildings and you can search by area or building type or period. Another very good site is the Dept CHG archaeological site, which gives a lot of historical information and some of the protected structures are also on the Record of Monuments and Places. click on Archaeological Survey database tab on the home page.

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 guidance for shopfronts and signs. Download the Shopfront and Signs Guidance Leaflet pdf here.

Rural Design Guidelines for Offaly

Download the current design rural guidelines for Offaly. Published by Offaly County Council, 2008

Free A1 poster - Architecture in Offaly - email for a copy