Abandoned Cottages of Connemara – July 2009

A few shots from a quick ramble around a couple of abandoned cottages in Connemara.

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Curraghchase House, Co.Limerick – June 2008

“Curraghchase House was built in 1657 by Vere Hunt, an officer in Cromwell’s army, and remained the home of the De Vere family for over 300 years. The famous poet Aubrey De Vere was born in the house in 1814, but the mansion was destroyed by fire in 1941 and only the outer walls remain today.” (History taken from the following link: http://www.askaboutireland.ie/enfo/irelands-environment/county-focus/limerick/curraghchase-house-woods/ )

Today there is not too much left of the house apart from several very overgrown ground floor rooms. The cellar seems to be in good condition but it is home to a large amount of the protected “Lesser Horseshoe Bat” so I’d imagine accessing it would be discouraged, despite the very tempting gap above the gate!

Long Abandoned Cottage, Co.Donegal – July 2008

This is a cottage I stumbled across in the wilderness of Donegal. Hidden from the road and well off the beaten track there seems to have been very few visitors here since the house was abandoned (which would be around 2001 according to the calendars inside.)

As I wandered up to the house I spotted the extremely deteriorated remains of a car lying in the grass. And behind the house I ran into some slightly creepy carvings of heads stuck on the gate posts. It was a bit eerie wandering around the house. Pretty much everything in the house was untouched,  there was still dishes in the sink and clothes drying over the cooker.

However, most poignantly, there were more personal items left behind in the bedroom. The last books the owner of the house read, his walking stick and his religious statues all lay in place, completely untouched and surrounded in cobwebs. It was intriguing to get such an insight into someone’s else’s life. I spent well over an hour wandering around the small cottage, there were interesting artifacts everywhere so it took me a while to draw myself away. Eventually I made my way back to the road, leaving the cottage just as I found it.

Decaying Car

Faded Past

Gateway to a Past Life

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Doonass House, Castleconnell, Co.Limerick – January 2008

This historic house is located on a hill overlooking the Shannon river,  just downstream from Castleconnell. I visited in the January of 2008 but unluckily couldn’t gain access to the building. So, below are just some photos of the exterior of the house and the various outbuildings behind it.

Sadly, the house was burnt down two years ago by some local kids who started a fire in the basement. The fire quickly spread to the rest of the house, leaving behind only the burnt out shell which stands there today.