With hammer, mallet and chisel, we have shaped and fashioned rough boulders. We often curse our material and often we speak kindly to it... We try to impose ourselves on it, but if we know our material and respect it we will often take a suggestion from it, and our work will be the better for it.

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The following hand-picked links will take you to resources on Irish architectural history, period building styles, Irish regional architecture, moderated discussion forums on Irish architecture and more.
Archéire includes discussion forums on Irish architecture, lots of links, and Archiseek, a searchable database. Special areas focus on the work of Michael Scott and Eileen Gray.
The Irish Architectural Archive on Merrion Square is open to the public for research. It's a wonderful place, and their website gives some details of their unparalleled collection of material related to Irish architecture, info on opening hours, etc.
The Architectural Association of Ireland, founded in 1896, provides information of particular interest to students of architecture and those in professional practice. Their site gives details of events and lectures, and includes many links to publications, schools of architecture, practising architects, etc.
Cyburbia is a large US site devoted to providing world-wide links on planning and the built environment. It includes thousands of well-organised links to every imaginable resource, and a searchable database. Dan Tasman manages this amazingly comprehensive directory, listing any and all relevant sites, as well as information on news groups and specialised mailing lists.
Tynte's Castle (Youghal)
Martin Gray provides a nice photo of the tower at the Rock of Cashel, and background information on Ireland's unique contribution to world architecture, the Irish round tower.
Learn everything there is to know about Armagh Observatory, including the architectural considerations behind its construction. One doesn't just build an observatory anywhere apparently...
The National Trust (UK) maintains a number of properties in Northern Ireland that are open to the public. This site provides a very organised description of each and would certainly help in planning an interesting outing, perhaps to the Crown Liquor Saloon or the Wellbrook Beetling Mill...
The website of The Society of Architectural Historians, based in Chicago, is an excellent resource This large, rather sprawling, site provides lots of links and gives information on conferences, exhibits and events (many located in the US, but not all) and study tours. Site navigation is a bit higgledy-piggledy, sort of like wandering around an old manor house. You may find yourself in the servants' quarters instead of the library now and again, but there are kindred spirits everywhere waiting to be found.
Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin is a landmark of Irish history. Currently faced with the adverse affects of a proposed office development, a website has been created to highlight the potential threat to this historic site... visit the Protect Kilmainham Jail Campaign website to learn more...
Rural Ireland contains countless numbers of abandoned homesteads, all charming and important in their own way, and often located in remote and beautiful parts of the rural landscape. The Irish Eco-Cottage (Tourism Development) Project aims to create a "new, branded, and uniquely Irish product, the EcoBooley Self Catering Cottage."
Through a wide range of events and activities, The Irish Georgian Society supports the preservation, conservation and understanding of outstanding Irish architecture of all periods. Visit their web site, or contact their office at Merrion Square in Dublin to learn more about the important work of this dedicated and interesting group.
Enfo has an online action sheet on Painting Irish Buildings which offers some good general guidelines.
The Heritage Council has made available some interesting online documents on topics such as the future of the thatched house, and the state and condition of Ireland's Ecclesiastical heritage... do a little exploring in the 'Publications' area.
The British-based Institute of Historic Building Conservation has local branches in Northern Ireland and the Republic. Its members are professional architects, architectural historians, town planners, conservation officers, etc., all with an interest in elevating the standards of practice and education in the emerging field of architectural conservation. The website gives membership details, and offers information on upcoming events such as interesting short courses and workshops open to the public.
British-based Building provides a range of online articles about specific conservation topics (stone cleaning, repairing leadwork, working with lime rendering and limewash, etc.)
Patrick McAfee, author of the very successful books Irish Stone Walls and Stone Buildings, has a website which gives some basic details on working with lime, and information on workshops he teaches at the Drimnagh Castle Restoration Project. The books are much better than the website, but getting yourself to a workshop would be the best of all.
If the events described in their online newsletter are any indication, The Industrial Heritage Society of Ireland seems to be a very interesting group. Their site includes details on the society and membership, and provides a simple listing of Irish industrial sites open for visits, as well as a good set of links.
They are affiliated with The Association for Industrial Archaeology, a British-based organisation with similar aims.