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Carlow County - Ireland Genealogical Projects (IGP TM)

'Looking at Carlow'

A booklet by An Taisce

Text by M.E. Prior-Wandesforde 

Looking at Carlow

Our County though small, has for Carlovians much that is interesting and beautiful. We in An Taisce wish to depict in this booklet some views of our Heritage in Carlow town. Through the centuries man has used building materials, methods, and designs which tell their own story to the observant eye. Growing towns need change, but a balance must be kept between hurry for development and nostalgia for the past.

Too often buildings of great merit are demolished or left to disintegrate, and are replaced with houses or offices with little to recommend them. The story told by many modern housing estates in Ireland is a sorry one. It is surely possible with imaginative planning and forethought to preserve and wherever practical, to use existing architecture of historical interest, while developing attractive new houses without the soul-less effect presented by many urban housing estates of today.

Carlow has a diversity of architectural styles and ages from 12th century, through the Georgian and Victorian periods up to the present time. An Taisce invites you to share our appreciation of our heritage of buildings portrayed in this booklet, and to remind you of some which have gone. We are most grateful to our generous supporters whose help we so much appreciate.

M.E. Prior-Wandesforde


Artist: J.H. Flack, Amy Monaghan, Trevor Moore.
Sponsors: To whom we are most grateful

Cover: Carlow Town Coat of Arms
Argent a castle triple-towered proper, on the centre tower a shaft, thereupon a flag per pale or and vert charged with a lion rampant gules.
(A description is written on each image when enlarged)
This booklet was discovered by Terry Curran on Ebay c2008
Printed by Mount Offaly Press c1970s.
Click on each of the images to enlarge

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