20 August 2008

Johnstown, Co. Kilkenny

Johnstown, Co. Kilkenny
Photograph and text from http://www.buildingsofireland.ie/niah/search.jsp?type=record&county=KK®no=12302001
1945 - 1955
Freestanding handball alley, c.1950, on a U-shaped plan. Ivy-clad unpainted roughcast walls over random rubble stone construction possibly with some mass-concrete sections. Road fronted.

A handball alley of significance for the associations with the cultural nation-building of the early Irish Republic while representing an artefact of some vernacular importance on account of the status as a building type indigenous to Ireland. Forming a distinctive feature of almost Brutalist quality in the centre of Johnstown the handball alley contributes significantly to the diversity of the streetscape of Chapel Street.


Anonymous said...

This alley was demolished in the last year or two

Post a Comment