Temple Hill
Co Laois


  • NIAH Ref: 12800873
  • Date: 1750 - 1780
  • Rating: Regional
  • Orig. Use: Folly
  • Townland: Temple Hill
  • County: Laois
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  • Last Reviewed: August 2019

Criteria for Risk

  • Vacant with no identified new use
  • Suffering from neglect and/or poor maintenance
  • Suffering from structural problems
  • Abandoned ruin


  • Condition of Structure: Very Poor
  • Level of Risk: Critical

The structure is threatened with a real conservation deficit. It is suffering from an acute structural problem
that could lead to full or partial collapse, and there is an immediate threat of further deterioration.

In has been in the longstanding ownership of the Forestry Commission, now Coillte. This is an impressive folly (circa 1760) is part of the Emo Demesne, now hidden by trees and becoming overgrown by vegetation. The structure is in ruins with structural movement to the upper section. No long term conservation management plan is proposed to secure its future.

In 2017 The ownership of the gazeebo by Coillte is being transferred to the OPW, with the objective of securing its conservation and maintaining it as part of the OPW managed house and demesne.

Recommended Use

  • Conservation