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 idea was to create an impressive and imposing character at the entrance, as a prelude to the main house. These stone-built gates were boldly proportioned and featured fine crafting and detail in classical or Gothic styles, and today provide a visual treat for visitors or passers-by around the main routes and by-roads of Ireland. Find some beautiful examples in the photo collection below.

(Photos: K Duff)

Russborough, County Wicklow

Lawrencetown, County Galway

Saunderscourt, Co Wexford

Ballsgrove, Drogheda, County Louth

Rockingham, County Roscommon

Lotabeg, Cork City