Thursday Doors – Old Cottage, Killykeen


I just couldn’t resist taking some photos of this wee cottage for Thursday Doors. It’s near where we parked our car on our last visit to Killykeen Forest Park in Cavan (featured in last week’s post).


Nature is slowly reclaiming the space, as you can see from the image. I wonder where the descendants are now, of the people who originally lived there. I peeked inside the door but it was too dark to see anything clearly and I wasn’t adventurous enough to brave the creepy crawlies I knew would be lurking within, ready to pounce on me, at any moment. I could feel their eyes staring at me through the darkness – okay, so I’m exaggerating slightly, it’s the writer in me coming out.


The house we are living in now, and still renovating, wasn’t quite as bad as this one but it was getting there. You might have seen my previous images of it, with a curtain of ivy covering the back door and growing into the house through the window frames.

Eventually, our wee house would have ended up looking like this one:


It’s a shame, because it would make a lovely home, in such a beautiful setting. On second thoughts, it’s possible a herd of cattle might frequently pass by the front door. That would be a bit too close for comfort – for me anyway.


Thanks so much for taking the time to visit. If you would like to see a plethora of international Thursday Doors, carry on over to Norm’s blog, where you’ll find a blue link to them at the end of his post.

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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48 Responses to Thursday Doors – Old Cottage, Killykeen

  1. Jim says:

    ah, you just take a stick and whack the calf in the butt and say “Move along” and they’ll move along.

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  2. Norm 2.0 says:

    It’s amazing how nature will take back any space we inhabit and quite quickly too. It is a shame that no one has done anything with this place yet but I guess not too many have such a major renovation project in them πŸ˜‰

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  3. Beautiful. Love the way you overexposed the first three shots to create a dreamy vision

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  4. Junieper says:

    It’s Jesh writing from my other blog – love these captures Jean – you’re right, it stirs up the imagination, but it would be too lonely for me to live there… I think, for now I’m so used to be surrounded by at least half a mile of trees – you know as a writer that trees keep you company:):)

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  5. I agree that it would have been a lovely cottage at one time. It is a bit close to the road/track, though. I’ve seen some houses in France that are that close to an actual road. Not for me!


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  6. Junieper says:

    Am back to give you my direct link (since I have the Jesh Studio, it’s giving me sometimes problems with linking) β€Ž
    Have a lovely day, Jesh~

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  7. willowdot21 says:

    Oh! This is so beautiful πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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  8. Oh Jean, I love the ‘wee cottage’. Thanks for showcasing it.

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  9. I’m sure my long lost relatives lived in a cottage like this. I can just feel it and it calls me. I love it!

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    • You are probably right about that. All over Ireland, there are groups of such abandoned cottages. Many of them were lived in by families who were either evicted or emigrated or both, during the famine years of mid 1800’s.


  10. sjhigbee says:

    What a beautiful, atmospheric setting… Thank you for sharing this slice of magic with us, Jean:)

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  11. joey says:

    Oh I’ll take it anyway, Jean! Just lovely! Cattle roaming by and all πŸ™‚ What a wonderful find to share!

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  12. Joanne Sisco says:

    It looks like something out of a fairy tale. The writer in you is drawn to its untold stories πŸ™‚

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  13. Dan Antion says:

    That would take a lot of love to bring it back to habitable, but it might be fun. Thanks for sharing the pictures, Jean.

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  14. Such beautiful images, I love the cottage and the countryside! And you have cows too!! =)

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  15. Handsome, and I can only imagine it has quite a historical story to tell. πŸ™‚


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  17. sydspix says:

    Loved the images – it all looks so quaint!

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  18. Jack Eason says:

    Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
    More from our Jean πŸ˜‰ x

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  19. Seems a bit of a waste but it’s new derelict status does give it a certain charm to those passing by.

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