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Tower Houses in the Carra Barony of County Mayo: A Condition Review

Tower Houses in the Carra Barony of County Mayo: A Condition Review

Lyons, Muirne

B.A. Dissertation, Heritage Studies at GMIT Castlebar (2009)

Abstract

With circa 3,000 tower houses in Ireland, they are a very common sight in the landscape though many only stand as ruins. The topics of their archaeology, architecture and history have become the popular focus of academic study taking preference over their actual deterioration or even plans for their preservation. This thesis is a review on the condition of tower houses in Mayo focusing on the tower houses of the Carra Barony. By establishing the number of tower houses in the area and recording their condition the extent of the loss is apparent. Three tower houses in this barony were chosen and an in-depth condition survey was completed to assess their current condition and also the rate of deterioration. The success or failings of the legislation protecting our archaeological heritage is also assessed using data from the sample.

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