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Report - Ballysaggartmore Towers/Killeagh Mill/Farmsteds, Ireland, December 2019


HughieD

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Went to quite a few places in Southern Ireland that weren’t really meritorious of reports in their own right a for variety of reasons: not big enough, I didn’t get in, too derpy or just not special enough. Hence this is the first of three reports grouping these places up.

1. Ballysaggartmore Towers, Co., Waterford
This place was a bit special. They are two ornate entrance lodges (one also acts as a bridge) situated on the former Ballysaggartmore Demesne, about 2.5 kilometres from the town of Lismore in County Waterford, Ireland. They were constructed for an Anglo-Irish Landlord, Arthur Keily-Ussher around 1834. His estate of around 8,000 acres was mostly rented to tenant farmers but he retained approximately 1,000 acres as a personal ‘demesne’ (piece of land attached to a manor and retained by the owner for their own use). The lodges were constructed on the main avenue leading to Ballysaggartmore House - the family's residence. The house itself was large and plain design in contrast to the lodges. An account from 1834 indicates that a main house predated the lodges. Keily-Ussher died circa 1862 and the estate was then sold by a liquidator. The house, gardens and some of the lands were purchased by the Woodroofe family. The house was destroyed by arson attack during the Civil War period and the ruined stone fabric was removed in the mid-20th century. One of the lodges was still in use as a private residence as late as the 1970s. Now both lodges are un-roofed and surrounded by forest with a walking trail linking them together.

This was a really lovely walk to this enchanting place.

The first lodge:

The Towers 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The Towers 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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img5036bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

The second ‘bridge’ lodge:

The Towers 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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img5049 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The Towers 07 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The Towers 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The Towers 09 by HughieDW, on Flickr

2. Killeagh Mill, County Cork
Bit of a derp mill I stumbled upon while failing at an old abandoned mansion up the hill from the main village. The detached multiple-bay five-storey mill was built circa 1790. The former corn mill is an imposing feature of the town and retains much of its original form and structure but is in a ruinous state. It serves as a reminder of the industrial past of Killeagh. The mill may also have served as a bleach mill given the River Dissour was renowned for its bleaching properties in the nineteenth century. It ceased operations around 1942 and is included in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage.

img4973 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img4978 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img4967 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img4971bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

img4972 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img4974 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img4975 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Killeagh Mill 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Killeagh Mill 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Killeagh Mill 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

3. Farmsteads, near Bewley, Co., Waterford
Not too much to be said about these. Two very overgrown and derpy farmsteads, but quite photogenic still.

Ireland dereliction 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Ireland dereliction 15 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Ireland dereliction 14 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The second one you could actually get in:

img4868 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Ireland dereliction 06 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Ireland dereliction 13 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Ireland dereliction 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Ireland dereliction 10 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Ireland dereliction 12 by HughieDW, on Flickr
 

Calamity Jane

i see beauty in the unloved, places & things
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Some lovely explores there. Very pleasing to the eye. They may not be enough in their own right, but they are worth every bit of band width. That first one, the towers is stunning. I do like follys and stuff like this a lot. Much older than most stuff on here. Its a yes from me :D
 

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