Looking forward to Conservation Without Frontiers, starting today with a look at Donegal's vernacular architecture
Some fine traditional houses full of character on the way back home. This one is in south Donegal.
Doe Castle, Sheephaven Bay, Co Donegal. Built for the Mac Sweeny's in the Fifteenth Century, it is a typical tower house of the period which unusually retains its surrounding bawn wall. The building is very well preserved being restored in the nineteenth century and again in the mid 2000's (when the tower was lime washed once again and a roof reinstated). It is located in a remote and very picturesque situation. It is a place of great character. It was brought into public ownership in 1932.
Newmills Corn and Flax mill just outside Letterkenny is a beautifully restored mill in a very picturesque location. Typical of many it is modest in size and powered by a large water wheel.
Marks of Time
Sketches of buildings in the North West and further afield with a little information about their history.