Another contribution from the Eason Collection to end off the week. I have seen this spire / tower many times while driving but I have never had the opportunity to visit it. Is it a pure folly or was it intended for some more practical use?
With thanks in particular to contributions from B-59
we have learned that the tower doesn't have a specific practical use - other than perhaps as a viewing tower. Though built to resemble a lighthouse (and seemingly the "only inland lighthouse in Ireland"), the dedication inscription on the tower suggests that it was intended as a family memorial when commissioned by the then Marquess Headfort/Earl Bective
. The NIAH entry
tells us that it was designed and completed by architect Henry Aaron Baker c.1791.....
Collection: Eason Photographic Collection
Date: between ca. 1900-1939
NLI Ref: EAS_3214
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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons