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 from 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 £30. It was home to the 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.
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.
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