Thursday Doors


This one is for all you Thursday Doors arch lovers. It was the decorative pebble detail on this house that caught my eye and I liked the way it was carried around the windows, too.


Now for something completely different, although there may be an archway or two buried in the ivy. I took the following photographs while on a day cruise on the Corrib River, on the outskirts of Galway city.




Menlo or Menlough Castle situated on the banks of the River Corrib is a tower house that dates fromΒ 1569 and was extended over the years. In 1786 it was referred to as the seat of Sir Thomas Blake and according to Griffith’s Valuation was valued at Β£30. It was home to theΒ Blake family until it was reduced to a ruin by an accidental fire in 1910. Unfortunately, the house was never restored but the ivy is doing a good job of holding it all together.

Menlo House Galway Library Ireland

Menlough Castle (before the fire). Photograph from the National Library of Ireland.

At the time, the castle was said to be one of the oldest in Ireland and contained numerous paintings, tapestries and various other heirlooms. Two people died because of the fire, a family member and one of the servants. You can read about the Blake family and the events of that fateful night here.

Thank you for stopping by and if you’d like to see some interesting doors from around the globe, have a look at Norm’s blog and click the blue link at the bottom of his page.


About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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41 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. Dan Antion says:

    I love the pebble details around the windows and around the arch. The castle was beautiful. So sad to see it destroyed by fire (although the ivy doesn’t seem to mind).

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  2. sbray69 says:

    I love the pebble details around the door and windows. The castle is amazing! I’m surprised it was just let go like that after the fire.

    Very nice pictures!

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  3. Handsome door and gate, but I really thank you for the pebble trim because I have never seen anything like that before. πŸ™‚ And, a castle always makes a woman think of being a princess. πŸ™‚

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  4. joannesisco says:

    The pebble trim is something I’ve never seen before. Someone was in a creative mood … and had a ton of pebbles to get rid of πŸ™‚

    I find these abandoned old buildings rather sad. I can imagine the glory it once was. Is it possible to roam around the ruins or are they blocked off?

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  5. The pebble details around the door and windows is really unique, attractive, and creative. I’ve seen glass bottle bottoms, but not pebbles.

    The castle’s story is tragic! It was beautiful in its prime. It doesn’t look a total wreck with the ivy trying to claim it though in that second image of it.

    I think it would be a neat place to explore as well.

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  6. First of all, love the pebble details in the first couple shots – I noticed them immediately! So unique – have never seen anything like it. As far as Menlo castle – what a tragic tale. I clicked through to read the history and what a devastating loss it must have been to lose a child that way (although I noticed the parents didn’t make it back for the funeral??) And Sir Valentine Blake. What a name!

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  7. dimlamp says:

    What a lovely find, the pebbles do add character to the arch and window frames. I like that ivy on the old castle too. Well done!

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  8. Norm 2.0 says:

    I’ll just echo what was said by the others: love the ivy and the pebble. Such a shame it hasn’t been restored yet – maybe one day.
    Great choice Jean πŸ™‚

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  9. Thanks to the ivy, but it is still beautiful.

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  10. I loved your little arched door at the beginning Jean , could almost see a small pixie or two amongst the flowers on the path there but I love your ruin – fabulously romantic and Thornfieldesque!!

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  11. Amazing use of pebbles. As for ivy, I know it looks picturesque, but it’s hell on buildings, although in this case, I doubt it matters and as mentioned above, it’s probably the plant glue keeping this castle together as well as adding tremendous atmosphere.


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  12. restlessjo says:

    Love your ‘green’ castle πŸ™‚

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  13. marianallen says:

    The pebbles around the windows and doors make a whimsical and delightful detail! That castle is so weird — it looks complete and untouched from one angle, completely ruined from others. Thanks for a mind-tickling contrast. πŸ™‚

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  14. pommepal says:

    Loved the photogenic door and I bet you longed to get off your boat to explore that castle.

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  15. inesephoto says:

    Thank you for sharing the sad story of Menlough castle!

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  16. iamcayenne says:

    wow….very lovely pictures!

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  17. themofman says:

    Impressive looking ruins.

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