Conolly's Folly

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Korcsog Rita on October 10, 2011


Səməd on October 11, 2011

Fine shot of an amazing structure! I liked.

Maghfir Rafsan Jamal on October 11, 2011

Very nice capture..!!..Like..Greetings from Indonesia...Maghfir...

picsonthemove on October 11, 2011

Fascinaiting view Mick, in good light, is there a story behind?



Melsen Felipe on October 11, 2011

Original y magnífica captura, L

Un afectuoso saludo desde Costa Rica, Melsen Felipe

Pontecaffaro on October 11, 2011

That's an interesting piece of architectural heritage, nicely done Mick! Best regards, Dirk Jan

Alina Sbitneva on October 11, 2011

Hi Mick!

Thank you that you visited my gallery.

This construction is very unusual but it attracts the attention.

LIKE Alina

mbe21 on October 11, 2011

Hi Rita, Samad, Maghfir, picsonthemove, Melsen, Dirk Jan and Alina,

Many thanks for visiting and I'm honoured by your kind comments.

Cheers Mick

Faintlightofdawn on October 11, 2011

great looking memorial, very daunting sight, liked, best wishes, Fai

mato angel 1 on October 11, 2011

Real neat Mick..Best always, Ray

Bernardo Nieuwland on October 12, 2011

That's the rarest monument I've ever seen. Thanks for sharing.


Greetings from Peru

Bernardo Nieuwland

Mel Figueroa on October 13, 2011

Me gusta

  • excelente encuadre, bella arquitectura, muy bonita toma!

    Saludos cordiales de México, Mel

mbe21 on October 13, 2011

To Fai, Ray, Bernardo, Chis and Mel,

I very much appreciate your visits and kind comments. This photo took a bit of work as a steel fence that was built around the monument had to be photoshoped out first. If anyone is interested they will find a bit of background information Here

All the best Mick

H.Warren on October 13, 2011

Excellent work with photoshop! But you took a fine photo to begin with :)

H.Warren on October 13, 2011

Interesting story about the monument,Connolly’s Folly, built in the 1740s by Catherine Connolly, widow of William Connolly who was alleged to be the richest man in Ireland at the time of his death. William had been the Speaker in the Irish House of Commons and was known as "Speaker" Connolly. (also well known for his hunting lodge in the Dublin mountains "Hellfie Club"),The Connollys lived at Castletown House in Celbridge. A terrible famine happened in Ireland in the during 1739/1740, Mrs Connolly had the folly built to give work to the poor. The workers could either have cash or food. The folly was to be the entrance to a grand avenue at the rear of Castletown. Good idea but... its location was wrong. When it was built it had been accidently sited on the neighbouring Duke of Leinster’s land. He was not pleased! So the grand entrance was never built and all that was left was Connolly’s Folly

mbe21 on October 13, 2011

Thanks for the details which are much appreciated H

All the best Mick

dardani.m on October 14, 2011

Excellent shot indeed, like. Greetings

Alan L. on October 14, 2011

Great photo Mick and and a nice bit of history from yourself and H. Well done on the Photoshop. ... IS it 'Photoshop' you used or another program? Alan.

mbe21 on October 14, 2011

Hi Alan,

Yea, I used photoshop to take out the fence, it was time consuming but probably worth it in the end.

Cheers Mick

Sofia Siatravani on October 18, 2011

Very beautiful place and photo!

✿ LIKE ✿ 14 ✿

Best wishes from Greece. Sofia.

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Photo taken in Barrogstown West, Co. Kildare, Ireland

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  • Uploaded on October 10, 2011
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    by mbe21
    • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T2i
    • Taken on 2011/09/16 15:47:44
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash