6,000-year-old house part of heritage featured in new book

A 6,000-year-old home built in the Ballincollig area features in a 200-page book on Heritage Houses of County Cork which could make an interesting Christmas stocking-filler.

6,000-year-old house part of heritage featured in new book

The county council’s heritage unit, with the support of the Heritage Council, has just produced the book, which also contains 200 maps and features a host of interesting Cork’s buildings up to the turn of the 20th century.

Produced in consultation with Tobar Archaeological Services and Blue Brick Heritage, it is the second in the Heritage of County Cork series and follows on from last year’s successful Heritage Bridges of County Cork.

The earliest evidence unearthed to date of a human household was uncovered at Barnagore, although there is evidence of human occupation in Cork dating back 2,000 years earlier, which was discovered near Fermoy by NRA archaeologists before construction of the M8.

However, the comprehensive publication also contains houses both big and small from all eras, ranging from tower houses and fortified houses such as Ballynacarriga, near Dunmanway and ones in Kanturk, to many of the grand country houses of recent centuries, such as Blarney Castle House, Bantry House, Ballymaloe House, and Doneraile Court.

“This publication also, however, has a firm focus on the more vernacular, everyday houses that the majority of Corkonians would have lived in,” said Conor Nelligan of the council’s heritage unit.

“To this effect local architecture is also examined and some examples featured in the book include thatched cottages in Charleville and Kildorrery, as well as vernacular houses with corrugated roofs in Ladysbridge and Liscarroll.”

It also includes labourer’s cottages, tenant farmer’s houses, workers’ housing and indeed ‘strong’ farmer’s houses from the last number of centuries.

The book also features exceptional tower buildings in Castlelyons, Ballydehob, and Blarney.

“It gives a very good geographical spread overall and further houses featured include a Victorian House in Cobh, Georgian-style housing in Kinsale, Mitchelstown and Clonakilty, a traditional shop/house in Macroom, and a rare example of a Queen Anne house in Youghal (the Red House),” said Mr Nelligan.

The book also contains a photo glossary of more than 50 houses at the back of the book.

The publication very much showcases the vastly rich heritage of housing in the county.

It is written in a light, informative manner and includes a number of interesting facts and stories regarding life in the homes over the centuries.

Many of the houses were recommended for inclusion by numerous heritage groups and the book is now available in a number of book stores throughout Cork as well as online shortly via www.corkcoco.ie/heritage

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