Abandoned Gate Lodges, Various Locations, Ireland.
2015 – 2017
Once upon a time there were roughly 10,000 gate lodges in Ireland but now only around 6000 still
stand with around half of those remain habited.
These magnificent dwellings once guarded huge estates from the general public and the architects
whom designed these lodges made it their goal to show off what was beyond the gate by creating
some beautiful buildings. Some of the Gate Lodges I have come across on my travels range from
small charming two room huts to elaborate two story homes that could be easily lived in today.
Gate lodges can come in all different shapes and sizes. Dromana Gate in Co. Waterford and
Duckett’s Grove Gate Lodge in Co. Carlow are just a few examples of the more extravagant style
while others are tucked away behind estate walls and overgrown. This makes for interesting
discoveries but a little saddening of how something so beautiful can be easily forgotten and left to
We, the Irish need to try and maintain these little gems to keep this heritage and tradition alive so
that our children’s children can marvel at their beauty. Sadly, due to developer greed and the
widening of roads and no respect for our country’s heritage, the lodges are in serious trouble.
Thankfully, there are some lodges that people have renovated and transformed into loving homes
and the memories will live on for another few generations. This is such a beautiful sight to encounter
just like the old school houses.
I have come across a small number of these lodges and it is my goal to find many more of these little
hidden gems. By examining old Ordinance Survey maps and using the amazingly useful Google Maps, this is totally doable.
– Conor Finn