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The Conolly folly is an obelisk mounted on arches and adorned with stone eagles and pineapples. It is 140 feet high and closes the vista at the rear of Castletown house though it was built on the Carton estate, which belonged to the Fitzgeralds, Earls of Kildare. Designed almost certainly by Richard Castle, who was working on Carton house at the time, it was erected in 1740 at the behest of Lady Louisa Conolly to provide employment and relieve the suffering after the severe winter of 1739.

It is Ireland’s best known folly and the emblem of the Irish Georgian Society.

The day will begin with coffee at Castletown House at 10am and will be followed by a lecture on the restoration of the Conolly folly by Ana Dolan, senior conservation architect with the National Monuments Service of the Office of Public Works. Then we visit the Conolly folly by bus and, by kind permission of OPW, will be able to access normally inaccessible aspects of the structure. Afterwards we will tour the other follies in the Castletown estate including the Batty Langley lodge, Mrs Siddons temple and admire the Wonderful Barn.  

We return to the Café at Castletown for a light lunch and afterwards there will be a tour of the house which will conclude about 4pm.

The cost for this event is £35/€40 which includes coffee, lunch, bus and all expenses; cheques (either euro or sterling) should be made payable to the Follies Trust and sent to: Mr TW Atkinson, Hon. Treasurer, The Follies Trust, 100 Mullahead Road, Tandragee, Craigavon BT62 2LB.
Numbers are limited for this event so please book early.


Name/s:...........................................................................................................................................................................

Email address:..................................................................................................................................................................
Confirmation of receipt of booking will be by email only

Sent to: Mr TW Atkinson, Hon. Treasurer, The Follies Trust, 100 Mullahead Road, Tandragee, Craigavon BT62 2LB.

I enclose a cheque for £35/€40 per person made payable to the Follies Trust

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