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abandoned ireland

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    came across this link posted on the cork thread. Found it interesting – too interesting to be languishing in Cork anyway:)

    apologies if it’s been posted before

    Posted by AI

    Some of you might find this resource interesting:

    Basically we’ve taken on the mission of documenting various structures before the developers get in.

    Starting in Cork, we have covered the former County Asylum complex, the Good Shepherd Magdalene Convent in Sundays well, Kinsale Convent, Camden Fort and a few others around the country. It’s a work in progress so there will be other sites added in the future. We accept ‘tip offs’ and requests. Also anybody is welcome to submit articles for inclusion on the website. There is an email address on the website if anybody wants to get in contact



    And the other side of that equation: Ghost Estates– abandoned without ever being occupied. ๐Ÿ˜‰


    Paul Clerkin

    very interesting – some standard photography would be nice – the 360 degree imagery gets a little repetitive after a while



    @AI wrote:

    Looks amazing

    Does anything remain on the estate?

    Just the kind of place I would love to document:-

    Fantastic site. brilliant work. I only wish such fine photographs were of avaliable of buildings not abandoned or ruined.



    AbandonedIreland here! is the email address if anybody wants to get in contact

    The panoramics – basically they look really good printed wall paper size but a bit cramped up on your screen there. These are 200 mega pixel images squashed to 800 x 300 pixels for the webpage. Hopefully we will get to exhibit some of this material fairly soon so you can judge this for yourself. We will go back and add in Virtual Reality to all panoramics on the website at some point (check out Katie Dalys pub or Doonass house on our website for an example of the Virtual Reality scenes)

    Please understand that running the website, photographing and editing all the material is a pretty huge commitment that is done for you guys for free in our spare time. When we cover a site we look to get a fairly comprehensive record of the structure – what you see on the web page is only a fraction of the material we have.

    There’s plenty more sites waiting to be added to the website – still have a backlog from Co. Clare & Co. Galway and just covered the Phoenix park fort and Dun Laoghaire swimming baths/rainbow rapids (awful place) for the Dubs out there so expect plenty more to go up on the website in the next weeks.




    just a comment on your entry for Bolands Mill. It wasn’t that mill that was occupied during the rising – see previous threads on the subject on this site…



    Was it the biscuit mill, now the treasury building???



    yeah, I think so.



    I’d love to see Vernon Mount in Cork get this sort of photographic treatment. Hint, Hint!



    Hints by email or private message please ๐Ÿ˜‰

    We have looked at Vernon Mount, it is in a bit of a sorry state.
    If somebody can get us inside we will document it.

    Just uploaded Dun Laoghaire swimming baths and Phoenix park fort for you’re viewing pleasure:-



    Jeeeez…..makes you feel old! I spent many a Saturday afternoon in/at the Rainbow Rapids!

    Great site by the way.



    While on a cycle trip yesterday I cycled through the village of Doel, which lies next to the harbour at Antwerp and is abandoned except for die-hard locals, gypsies and squatters.

    Reason being, it’s going to be obliterated to make way for a huge hole, which will become a huge dock. Houses and farms have been abandoned up 7 km away from the village so that gives you an idea of the scale of this dock.

    Most locals have moved out and nearly all houses are deserted, except for sqautters moving in using them for doss-houses etc..

    The big cooling towers belong to a nuclear power-plant which is about 300m from the village church.

    A weird end of days atmosphere hangs over the place, messages of defiance pinned to doors, gypsy kids playing in the ruins of gutted houses and a female security guard at the nuclear plant singing very loud like Aretha Franklin as she strolled around inside the perimeter fence, bored.



    As far as I can see there’s nothing from Ireland but this site has fascinating pictures nonetheless.



    Sound man Al,thats a worthy project you have there !

    I know of another eerily empty building in Dublin at the moment….:(

    Large stately looking pile on Kildare St…has security out front but looks deserted inside….do you think you could go over the wall and report back ..??? :)



    Those amazing pics fromBelgium show how you can transform an oh-so-quaint and well-turned-out Netherlandish village into the type of blighted urban townscape we have become used to in Britain and Ireland once the road engineers and out-of-town supermarket developers have had their way!



    there is planning permission to restore Knocknatrina House, Durrow, Co. Laois

    slowly but surely this fantastic building will be restored!!

    Another i would include on the list is Arlington House, Patricks Street, Portarlington, Co. Laois

    Most famous as an alma mater of Arthur Wellsley, later Duke of Wellington….. “it was at the Huguenot schools of Portarlington where the Duke first grew to dislike the French, he did not have to wait for the Revolution. The English language was forbidden the children and so must have been very irksome to those not born in the privileged town.”

    I havent photos at this time, but its disgraceful such an impportant building on such a prominent site in the town has been left to such ruin…



    What about Donegal:eek:



    @henno wrote:

    Another i would include on the list is Arlington House, Patricks Street, Portarlington, Co. Laois . . . I havent photos at this time, but its disgraceful such an impportant building on such a prominent site in the town has been left to such ruin…

    henno, I don’t know if this is the house you’re talking about, it’s on Patrick street next to the bridge.

    Some class of inner relief road seems to have ploughed through it’s neighbours leaving this last house isolated and ruinous on an otherwise splendid site adjoining the river and the fine multi-arched bridge.



    Mother of…

    This thread should be retitled ‘Abandon Ireland’.



    A much earlier view of the same house from the far side of the Barrow, with the missing adjoining terrace still intact.

    This terrace comprised some of the fabled ‘Huguenot’ houses of Portarlington which were reputedly ‘built with their backs to the street, in the French manner’!!!

    I’ve lifted the image from Ronnie Mathews’ local history, ‘Portarlington,The Inside Story’ and on a recent foray into the midlands, I met the wonderfully knowledgeable Mr. Mathews and put that oft quoted description to him. If I had to sum up his response in one word, it would be derision! ‘The French don’t build their houses with the backs to the street !

    Exactly why the terrace clearly had very few window openings onto the street (at least in more recent times) is not immediately clear, and now that the houses have been demolished, we may never find out.

    On the Wellington connection, more cold water I’m afraid. Mathews’ history recounts that Lord Mornington sent two elder sons to Mr. Willis’ school in Portarlington, where their names are recorded on the school rolls, but their younger brother, who later became the Duke of Wellington, never attended any school in the town, but apparently proceeded to Brown’s establishment in Chelsea, directly after leaving the Diocesan School in Trim, and before going on to Eton.

    This is a pity because, discovering that Wellington (as a small boy) may have acquired a hatred of the French while attending a Huguenot school in Laois, and for this to have contributed to the downfall of Bonaparte, is the stuff of local history legend!

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