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Castlelackan Gazebo Weird Thing
 

County

Mayo

Coordinates

N 54° 16' 43.74"   W 009° 16' 15.96"

Nearest town

Killala

Grid Ref.

G 17222 37412

Map No.

24

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

120

Date of visit

Thursday 25 June 2015

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The weird structure is high on a hill and not easily reachable.


This is one of those strange things, a folly, that the wealthy landowners liked to have in their demesnes to enrich the landscape. At the same time they gave work to distressed people during the Famine.
It was built in the 18th century by sir John Palmer.
It consists of four square piers surmounted by semi-arches that meet in a central point. Above this point there are four arched windows. Each pier and the central point have an obelisk-like element. The distance between each adjacent piers is of about 3.80 metres.
The access is via a long and narrow path among heathers and gorses, with three timber gates along the way.
The most convenient spot to park the car along the dirt track up the hill is the nearby quarry.
At the moment of our visit, the wind up here was really strong!


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