And the Winner is…


I am delighted to advise that last night The Irish Aesthete was declared Ireland’s Best Arts & Culture Blog 2013. Many thanks to those awarding the titles and also to all readers whose encouragement and interest are always so appreciated.
The accompanying illustration depicts the Conolly Folly, designed by Richard Castle and built at the request of the widowed Katherine Conolly in order to provide relief to the local poor during he famine of 1740-41. It is, of course, also the symbol of the Irish Georgian Society.

40 comments on “And the Winner is…

  1. Susan Mosse says:

    Well earned.

  2. Homan says:

    Well deserved accolade!

  3. Michael Thompson says:

    Splendid – victor ludorum

  4. Gaye Vaughan says:

    Congratumalations! That’s great news and well done. GV

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  5. Kathy Gilfillan says:

    Oh congratulations. Well done. Am in Wiltshire and have given Solveig and H your Knight book. Kxx

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  6. Niall O'Mahony says:

    Congratulations and well deserved!

    I only discovered this site a month ago and have been checking in daily ever since. It is by far the best website concerning the built heritage of Ireland in my humble opinion, its absolutely fascinating.Thank you for your valuable contribution to the documentation of that which is slowly and regrettably being lost to us.

  7. Congratulations and very well deserved!

  8. Patricia Haselbeck Flynn says:

    Many Congratulations… from this recent but already devoted convert .Patricia

  9. Michael Kerrigan says:

    Wonderful news and well deserved!

  10. says:

    congratulations Robert Olivier

  11. Congratulations and very well deserved.

  12. Lucinda Hall says:

    Oh how brilliant. What do you get as the prize? Look forward to the ‘Followers’ Dinner!

  13. Penny Copplestone says:

    Dear Robert,

    Many congratulations. Wish you were in London so that I could pour champagne down your gullet.



  14. Congratulations to the Irish Aesthete. A well-deserved award for so many lively and fascinating blogs, which we were delighted to help you celebrate last night.

  15. Heartiest congratulations! Keep up the fine work.

  16. Helen Kehoe says:

    Wonderful informative blog -richly deserved! -Congratulations!

  17. Brendan McConville says:

    Hello from America!
    Congratulations on the award and well deserved. Your blog is always a pleasure to read. Do keep those posting coming!
    Brendan McConville

  18. Zoe says:

    Absolutely well deserved, I’m so thrilled to have even been considered as a finalist! Congratulations again!

  19. Glad it went your way. I thoroughly enjoy all of your posts, keep them coming!

  20. jassyartist says:

    Warm regards and congratulations!

  21. Melissa says:

    Congratulations, well deserved.

  22. Thanks to everyone who has sent me such kind comments in the past 24 hours. As a rule, I try to reply to each message, but given the numbers on this occasion, I hope you will accept this collective thanks, but each of them has been savoured and appreciated.

  23. And jolly well deserved too. Congratulations Robert, you must be thrilled. Mark

  24. Nicola Wallace says:

    Well done you! I love your ‘blogs’!

  25. lornagannon says:

    Delighted to have found your blog as a result of this Award and very well-deserved.

  26. robert towers says:

    Thoroughly deserved award. Consistently interesting work and excellent photographs. Congratulations.

  27. Belinda Lehrell says:

    Many congratulations…thoroughly deserved. Belinda

  28. Danny says:

    This prize, and the “inspiring” notice for you and the blog in October’s US Architectural Digest…..

  29. Robert brings a side of Ireland I was privileged to “glimpse” once upon a magical time.
    He brings you there and back again with detail that relieves the past reality and marks it for present day enjoyment

  30. marionbevan says:

    Congratulations Robert! Your blog is simply the best. With love and admiration, Marion xxx


  31. Eileen burns says:

    Love your blog ,Robert ..CONGRATULATIONS ! So well deserved !
    You are a great teacher .What a wonderful way to learn about our Irish heritage . Your brilliance has enhanced us all ..xo

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