Sarah has asked what were these structures in the walled garden at Mount Leader House used for? Does anyone have an idea?
We don’t think that they were houses for very little people!!
- For storing food in warm weather [Mary],
- for housing ducks and geese, with straw on top [Mary]
- ice houses [Alan, Eileen]
- for storing hay [Anne]
- for storing turf, and covered with a thatch like in the photo below [Michael]
- or the amusement and shelter of the foxhounds. The field was known as the Kennel Field [John O’M, John O’S, Michelle, Mick]
we are still searching for a definitive answer, and are keeping an open mind … any help would be appreciated!
Similar structures at Bunratty Folk Park:
“Giving a speech on the famous stone situated near the stables at Coomlogane House c. 1920.” In her weekly newsletter, Eily Buckley mentioned that there was a photo of another one at Coomlogane House on page 18 of Picture Millstreet:
OSI Map of Mount leader from the late 1900’s where the field is marked out with “Kennels” :
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