Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Georgian architecture and the common dwellings of Ireland

Georgian architecture was also popular, and elegant Georgian squares gracious greens presided over by tall brick townhouses with pillared doorways and distinctive fanlights appeared not only in Dublin (Fitzwilliam and Merrion Squares), but also in Limerick City (Newtown Pery) and in Belfast (Donegall Square). Neoclassicism remained in vogue during the 19th century, although Irish architects also fliited briefly with various revivals of the Gothic style (St. Finbarre's Cathedral in Cork), Italianate (the Custom House in Belfast), and Edwardian (Belfast City Hall).

The common dwellings of Ireland remained virtually unchanged from earliest Celtic times: They were usually only one room heated by a central fireplace that vented its smoke through a hole in the roof. Stables and byres were built adjacent, although animals sometimes shared the livoing quarters for warmth.

The central hearth style with hipped roof was most common In the eastern counties, while homes in the northwest had a bed alcove and room extensions. In the southwest, gables appeared, rising above the thatching, which replaced stone as the common roofing material. Two-storey dwellings did not appear until the late 19th century, when, after the depopulatIon caused by the famine, efforts were made to eliminate the thatch-roofed cottages altogether and replace them with more modern accommodatIons.

Shannon Airport car hire

Most visitors who hire a car from Shannon Airport, can explore the diverse landscapes of Ireland and many departing visitors, whose route back to Shannon Airport takes them through Adare, County Limerick, can see an especially pretty row of thatch-roofed houses on their way through town, and chances are they'll also see a thatcher at work, because the roofs are meticulously kept.

The traditional style has also been revived somewhat in villages of thatchroofed cottages with open fireplaces and flagstone floors, as well as electricity, modern heating, and plumbing built for the use of vacationers.

But more than likely, what the visitor will remember most is the haunting picture of the same simple dwellings scattered frlorn and deserted throughout the Irish countryside, left to decay when their owners left for a better life elsewhere. The history of Ireland is indeed told in its architecture.

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