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The Ruined Farmhouses of Ireland

Can you believe a family once lived here?
There are ruined farmhouses like this one all over Ireland. These days many stand in ruin, wasting away and being used as makeshift farm walls, or a place for farmers to store a few things.
What do you think – should some of them be restored to their former glory? Or should nature be allowed to take its course? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.
Either way, they have an unmistakable place place in Irish history, and it’s great that so many are still dotted around the Irish countryside.

Ruined Irish Farmhouse

You can see a little bit of modernization on the chimney areas of the house below, which was probably an attempt to prolong it’s life at some stage.

Another Old Irish Farmhouse


  1. Always enjoyed imagining what happened to the folks that inhabited these places. It reminds you how hard times were back in the day. I think they are best left alone as monuments to the past. The was a potter in Down, The pottery bench I think, who used to make tumble down cottages that could be used as planters or house some candles, they really were works of art

    • Brian

      Maybe they are best left alone. My fear though is that over time many of them will disappear to development. I’m sure this has happened to many already. To many folk they may not be much to look at, but theyre worth preserving to remind us of old Ireland and how it has changed.


      • Most of these old homesteads are out in the country, I have a friend with a small 2 or 3 acre place on the Meath/Dublin border. He is always telling me how he is adding on a room to a barn, or throwing up a side house. I ask him about the permits needed and he laughs, I like that in the country the concept of owning your land and the freedom to work it still exists.

      • This is a shame. Do you have anything on Cavan? As this is where my mother came from. The cottage is gone now there is a newer one near by.

        • Mary – I haven’t been up to Cavan in a long time. Wish I had something to share. I’m sure to get up there again one day.

  2. Ah, you’re both right! They should be left as they are and something should be done, some sort of legislation or such, that would preserve them from being completely destroyed/removed to make way for development. Too much history in Ireland to be allowing development to take over. I live in the states and I don’t understand why new things always have to be built, taking over all empty land everywhere, instead of just redoing or updating structures that already exist and, if the damage is too great, then rebuild on the same site. Why does expansion always have to mean destruction of history?

    • Holly
      Thanks for your comments.
      I guess when a land developer throws enough money on the table, most land owners won’t think twice about letting go of places like these. You and I may care because we’re on the outside looking in, but when there’s money at stake you know what happens.
      I’m sure there are government departments that could protect these kinds of places, or even the tourist board, to make sure they are around for future generations and tourists.

  3. Thanks, Liam. I have been trying to convince my cousin to renovate the old house on his farm. I tell him it would be a perfect – we would have a place to stay when we visit and they could rent it as a “holiday home” the rest of the year. So far he is not biting…not sure he wants us that close when we visit 🙂

    • Aine
      I can understand your cousin’s motives for not renovating so- it’s nice to keep a safe distance from family 🙂
      However – extra income and a nice looking old house would be nice too.
      Best wishes


  4. I think some should be restored, some should be preserved as they are now. If I could I’d buy some of them and do that, offering tours. I’d even spend some time living in one, maybe on weekends and holidays.

    • Not a bad idea Barry! Most are probably around 500-600 square feet, so by today’s standards might be a bit cramped. Still would be nice for a few days here and there, and certainly nice as a place to spend a few weekends.

  5. Most of the neighbours thought we should have just pulled down our Stockman’s Cottage rather than renovate it. Four years down the line still using the outside toilet and heating water on the stove I sometimes think they may have been right.