Many fine country-estate gateways of the 18th and 19th centuries survive throughout Ireland, often in the form of a monumental or triumphal arch. The aim was to create an impressive and imposing character at the entrance, as an announcement or prelude to the main house or castle. These stone and ironwork entrance gates were usually boldly proportioned and featured fine crafting and detail in Classical or Gothic styles, and today provide a visual treat for visitors and passers-by around the main routes and by-roads of Ireland. Find some beautiful examples in the photo collection below.

(Photos: Kevin Duff)

Russborough, County Wicklow

Lawrencetown, County Galway

Saunderscourt, County Wexford

Ballsgrove, Drogheda, County Louth

Rockingham, County Roscommon

Lotabeg, Cork City


Lyons House, County Kildare

Slane Castle, County Meath

Rosmead, County Westmeath