A Welcome End



Montalto, County Down 

Even before the year draws to a welcome close, all language used to describe 2020 has become hopelessly cliched, so let us merely say that its passing will not be much mourned. A lot of what has appeared on this site over the past twelve months has also not been especially cheering, since so much of Ireland’s architectural heritage remains imperilled, vulnerable to the twin risks of neglect and abuse. However, there have been a few happy stories to tell, so today here are some of them again, as a reminder that the past year has not been entirely a period of darkness and gloom: occasional shafts of sunlight were to be seen. Fingers crossed, and glasses raised later this week, that there will be many more such shafts during 2021.



Fruit Hill, County Wexford



Castle Oliver, County Limerick



Browne’s Hill, County Carlow



Kilshane, County Tipperary 

The Irish Aesthete will be taking a break for the rest of the week, returning here refreshed and ready for 2021 next Monday, January 4th. In the meantime, Happy New Year to all friends and followers. Stay safe, stay well. 

8 comments on “A Welcome End

  1. Ciaran cassidy says:

    Robert, having previously extended a bouquet to you, I must now extend a brickbat! Go sit on the naughty step. You neglected to attribute the last two photographs as being Kilshane House, Co Tipperary. I know this as I sat in those very armchairs, sipping a port nightcap, having attended a family wedding in this prime exemplary restoration. A rare oversight on your part, but just to let you know we are watching! Enjoy your break and return to the fray, refreshed and vital, for the challenges of 2021.

  2. Irene Wynne says:

    A very happy New Year to you too.

  3. Stay safe Robert and enjoy your well deserved New Year break. Many thanks for your years of work in helping protect so much of what we still have left?

  4. barbaracorr says:

    Thank you so much for all that you do Robert- for drawing attention to all things great and small and too often overlooked in Ireland. Enjoy a relaxing break and a Happy New Year.

  5. I wish you all the best for the year to come.

  6. a wonderful anthology – beautiful houses and sad ruins , keep up the good work, more Powers to your elbow, read you in the New Year

  7. Larry Byrne says:

    Happy 2021 and thanks for your interesting posts.

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