Good Honest Design

A worker’s cottage in the hamlet of Glenosheen, County Limerick. It dates from c.1840, around the time a new bog road was built through the area, then part of the Castle Oliver estate. The building’s simple but effective design sets it apart from many other such modest dwellings of the period: for example, the use of brick around the upper sections of the door and windows, in contrast to the limestone rubble with which it is otherwise constructed. Then there are the hooded mouldings above the windows, and the pedimented projection of the gently-arched doorway. This is one of a pair of cottages but unfortunately its neighboutr has had unsympathetic fenestration inserted, with the result that much of its charm is lost.

9 comments on “Good Honest Design

  1. boxwoodbooks says:

    What can be done to prevent ‘unsympathetic fenestration’ with its efficacy and low cost? Wooden windows are prohibitively expensive and unless custom made to include double glazing they let the cold in through the glass.

  2. Emma Richey says:

    Lovely cottage

  3. sylvia wright says:

    What a lovely cottage!

  4. Stephen Barker says:

    A very attractive design. Is it a four room cottage with a central passageway, do you know.

  5. Lisa Lambert says:

    In Ontario, one can tell the settlers’ origins from the place of the cottage door: in the middle – Scotland, uncentered – Ireland.

  6. Brid Ni Shaidleir says:

    These houses were built by the Castle Oliver estate , which was heavily involved in bringing Palatine settlers from Germany to displace Irish tenants . They are not typical of the houses lived in by Irish tenants at the time .

    • Thank you for your comment. It is worth pointing out that the Palatine settlers came to Ireland – incidentally, fleeing from persecution in their own country – in the first decade of the 18th century and the cottages were not built until some 130 years later. You might also be interested to learn that of the 3,000 Palatines who came here, more than two-thirds had left within just three years.

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