19 August 2008

Stradbally, Co. Waterford








Chapel Lane, Stradbally, County Waterford

Bottom image and follwoing text from Naional Iventory of Architectual Heritage http://www.buildingsofireland.ie/niah/search.jsp?type=record&county=WA®no=22811028
1925 - 1935
Freestanding mass-concrete handball alley, c.1930, on a rectangular plan. Road fronted with tarmacadam verge to front.

This handball alley, which remains in use, is of significance as part of the cultural nation-building of the early Irish Republic. The handball alley is also of some vernacular importance, being a building type indigenous to Ireland. The construction in early-mass concrete is of some technical merit, and the handball alley forms a distinctive feature on the side of the road.

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