The 6 weeks of travel being well and truly over I am currently compiling the information into various reports. This will come mainly in list form with the links to this blog and the google map backing it up. All of this sees the end of phase one of this project with the second and final phase to begin next June. These reports will appear here over the coming days, though their form is yet to be decided...
Until then enjoy this amazing photograph I found of the UCD Belfield tower under construction.
The tower at Archersgrove House was built in 1906. Stones from the unfinished canal in Kilkenny were used in construction and it served the house and its surrounding lands. Currently it is in disuse apart from as a climbing wall, evidence of which can be seen in the photos above.
The Ponsonby Tower was built by Frederick Ponsonby, the Third Earl of Bessborough in memory of his son, Federick Cavendish Ponsonby, who was assumed lost during the Peninsular War (1808-1814). The tower was left unfinished however when he returned home in 1815.
In its second incarnation an upper level was added to house a tank for its use as a water tower.
The tower, now in disuse, stands as a roundabout at the edge of Piltown.
Officially opened on July 2nd 2010, the water tower at Bawndaw in Waterford has a capacity of 550m3. Known as "the Wine Glass" the tower was built to service a rapidly expanding residential area in the north west of the city. As this land lies between 45 and 85m none of the existing towers in Waterford were at a sufficient height. A new reservoir of 8,800m3 is also attached to this tower.