20 August 2008

Water Barrack, Kilkenny




Water Barrack, Kilkenny
Photograph and text from http://www.buildingsofireland.ie/niah/search.jsp?type=record&county=KK®no=12005015
1945 - 1955
Pair of mass-concrete handball alleys, c.1950. Unpainted mass-concrete walls with square-headed door openings having no fittings, and rendered rounded coping having iron posts supporting iron mesh panels. Set back from line of 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. Imbued with a pared-down functional, almost Brutalist quality the handball alleys make a distinct impression in the streetscape of Water Barrack.

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