The ‘Towers’ is one of the best examples of a nineteenth century folly existing today in Ireland.
The Towers were commissioned by Arthur Kiely-Ussher in around 1835. He had inherited over 8,000 acres of land in the area, and quickly gained a reputation for been a harsh and cruel landlord. It is said that his wife had become deeply envious of Strancally Castle, built by Arthur’s brother John Kiely, and hectored Arthur to build a residence to outshine that of his brother.
Despite its unjust and sad history, today the site is a wonderful place to visit. It has a real fantasy-feeling when you finally encounter the Towers, they could possibly remind you of a setting from the HBO TV series-Game of Thrones!