The Gallarus Oratory

It was a gray, overcast/sunny day when I peered up over a hedge and saw this little building. It stopped me in my tracks. It was built 1300 years ago at the South-eastern corner of Smerwick Harbor on the Dingle Peninsula in Co. Kerry, on the central west coast of Ireland. It’s about 24 feet long by 15 feet wide by 15 feet high. The stones are laid at an angle so they shed rain. I fall in love with buildings from time to time, and this is right at the top of the list. I hung around for an hour and a half and shot over 100 photos. I’m sure there’s a lot of information online about it. I’ll post some more photos, including some panoramas showing the encircling stone walls, when I have time.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

2 Responses to The Gallarus Oratory

  1. I'm haunting your blog every day and I'm not disappointed but a little, NOT enough pictures. thank you for all your travel photos. I hope to see your many pictures that you are taking. travel safe.

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