20 August 2008

Kilkenny City - The Gardens / Michael's Lane

Michael Street, Kilkenny
Photographed by Á. Ryan, February 2024. Bottom photograph and text from http://www.buildingsofireland.ie/niah/search.jsp?type=record&county=KK®no=12000205
1920 - 1930
Pair of freestanding mass-concrete handball alleys, c.1925. Unpainted mass-concrete walls incorporating section of random rubble stone wall to north-east forming part of boundary wall, and rendered rounded coping having iron posts with iron mesh panels. Set perpendicular to road.

A pair of handball alleys representing an element of the cultural nation-building of the early Irish Republic while forming part of the vernacular heritage of County Kilkenny on account of the status as a building type indigenous to Ireland. Positioned overlooking the River Nore the handball alleys form a distinctive feature of almost Brutalist quality in the townscape.


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