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Ireland's iconic buildings and structures...

NewGoldDream

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...maybe one can play fast and loose with "iconic", noteable, wonderful, inspiring etc.

Any buildings or strutures from any era on this island that you like and are worth a visit? A wonder of architecture, a place of historical or cultural interest etc. etc.

I think, health permitting for the trip across the seas and the climb to the top, everyone should try to see the Skelligs, and for this thread the monastery on the north side of Skellig Michael. It's an amazing place. Perched on a barren rock 7 or 8 miles out into the Atlantic, it was founded between 6 and 8 AD, survived raids by the Vikings, and was abandoned in the middle ages as deteriorating weather patterns made life there too dangerous. It then survived as a place of pilgrimage, where people would ascend the spectacular southern summit and climb out on a narrow ledge hundreds of metres above to seas to kiss the stone. A setting so remote and difficult to access that the hermitage near that peak was only discovered and excavated in the 1980s - unlike the monastery that particular structure is understandably off limits to day trippers, but even looking up at it must provoke amazement . Now one of Ireland's 2 World Heritage Sites.



View from the boat. Monastery near summit to the left, hermitage (too small to locate in this image) near pinnacle to the right...

 


sauntersplash

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Busaras, the Tallon House, Sam Stephenson's House, the demolished Archer’s Garage on the corner of Fenian Street and Sandwith St., the old terminal at Dublin Airport, the Wonderful Barn and Connolly's Folly at Castletown House Demesne, the wooden bridge at Dollymount, the National Convention Centre...the Spire! Not sure how "Irish" any of them are though.
 
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Dun Aengus as it makes you ponder how much defense did you need on an island in the middle of nowhere which in itself was a pretty good fortress
 

meriwether

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People who post pictures and no title/indication what the location is should be punched in the face.
 

TheWexfordInn

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Ben Bulben Co Sligo, its dramatic outline brings back memories of childhood holidays.

 

Spanner Island

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We're not particularly blessed with man made iconic structures in Ireland... something I reckon is down to a general conservatism as well as the 1960s and 1970s during which time horrendous damage was done to Dublin by gobsh!tes...

In Dublin the most iconic structures are...





There will be uproar if the ESB ever propose tearing these down...
 

Riadach

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I've noticed that building on parliament street before. Anything you can tell us about it?

Mine would be Cormac's Chapel, pre-Norman Hiberno-Romanesque church in Cashel.





 

Mr. Bumble

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The Rock of Cashel:



Especially at night:

 

Riadach

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Kinneigh, the only round tower with an hexagonal base.

 


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