1. The History
They are two ornate entrance lodges (one also acts as a bridge) situated on the former Ballysaggartmore Demesne, about 2.5 kilometres from the town of Lismore in County Waterford, Ireland. They were constructed for an Anglo-Irish Landlord, Arthur Keily-Ussher around 1834. His estate of around 8,000 acres was mostly rented to tenant farmers but he retained approximately 1,000 acres as a personal ‘demesne’ (piece of land attached to a manor and retained by the owner for their own use).

The lodges were constructed on the main avenue leading to Ballysaggartmore House - the family's residence. The house itself was large and plain design in contrast to the lodges. An account from 1834 indicates that a main house predated the lodges. Keily-Ussher died circa 1862 and the estate was then sold by a liquidator. The house, gardens and some of the lands were purchased by the Woodroofe family. The house was destroyed by arson attack during the Civil War period and the ruined stone fabric was removed in the mid-20th century. One of the lodges was still in use as a private residence as late as the 1970s. Now both lodges are un-roofed and surrounded by forest with a walking trail linking them together.

2. The Explore
This place was a bit special. It was a really lovely walk to this enchanting place thorugh some really nice woods. As it is part of a walking trail access was no issue. A great way to spend an hour or so of your time.

The Pictures

The first lodge:

The Towers 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The Towers 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img5038 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img5036bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

The second ‘bridge’ lodge:

The Towers 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img5053 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img5051 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img5049 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The Towers 07 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The Towers 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The Towers 09 by HughieDW, on Flickr