most greystoneions will be familiar with the octogon...does anybody know what that well hidden underground void is about 70meters behind it (east)ish.
i presume the octagon is the one in the glen of the downs but don't know about the void any more details?
I think your talking about what I guess would be called a "Cooler" or a food larder, It has a small dungeon like entrance with bars across it and when you look inside its like a giant covered bowl all made from red brick, I was always told this was a storage area for the La Touche estate to store and keep food cool. But there may be another explanation for it.
was trying to find out more about the other ruins around the Octagon, this did not shine any more light on what we are talking about but I found it very interesting http://irishartsreview.com/irisartsrevi2002/pdf/2004/25503048.pdf.bannered.pdf
i cant seem to open your link anyway..food cooler is the only explanation i can think of too.its huge though..and subterrainian with the flash from my camera i could see it drops at least 4meters..is it not a bit far from any of the old estate houses?
glen of the downs woods....popular walking area...walk to the top of the woods you end up at a (i guess) earlt 19th century ruins ...locally as the octogon..
In the upstairs of the library is a model of the latouche house and estate. Can't remember if it includes the octagon which was the estates hunting lodge but worth a look at the model anyway. If it didn't fall down it would be a great tourist spot like powerscourt house. Most of the land and area where the mansion was is now delgany golf club.
as you stand looking at the octogon directly behind you should see a very faint overgrown path.it leads to a field ...you should be looking towards the sea...on your right before the field gate..in the undergrowth..theres a arched doorway leading into a manmade bricklined vault of some kind...it drops away straight down about 4meters..and is about 6/7meters across..theres trees and shrubs growin on top of it..and its invisable unless one is looking at the doorway...hope this helps..
must have a look thanks
Probably the remains of an old ice house. These were often built some considerable way away from the houses themselves.
Here's a couple of examples ...
Looks like you are right:
bang on alun..both photos of the entrance match and the interior is exactly like the castlecomer example..definitely an ice house...i also found (purely by chance spending a penny) one of the tunnels mentioned..it runs under the track up to the octogon and is 30meters long..has anybody any idea what these were for?
I assume that golf course plan has been "put on ice" (sorry)
far too many courses in the area already, some of them are really struggling financially.
thanks maudi i've never seen that must have a look next time