221/366 • Westown

221/366 • Westown

This place has been on my "must visit for 365" list for at least 3 or 4 months, ever since I randomly stumbled across it on flickr one day. Myself and my uncle finally tracked it down (google maps was a great help) and after a second visit today, found the owners of the land, a very nice couple, who it turns out know my family. They were more than willing to grant us access. It wasn't too long of a walk but we didn't have too much time there before we had to head back. My initial vision was for a long exposure b&w but as you can see, it was a little too bright for that. Its about a 25 minute drive from where I live but as happens in Ireland frequently, the weather totally changes quite quickly. This time it got better unfortunately. Typical!

This mansion was built in the 12th century and was inhabited until the 1960's. The mansion and surrounding land were perhaps the biggest and most important in this part of Ireland. I'm sure it was extremely impressive when it was still intact (two wings have since fallen down) boasting no less than 32 rooms.

I really hope to get back here in the right light soon...