Ireland has always been steeped in history, but none is more wonderful to behold than the traditional Irish cottage, often with only one or two rooms in total these cottages may have housed a family with upto 20 children, there was no electricity, no mains water or gas. These cottages were often built close to running rivers or streams to provide a convenient source of drinking and cleaning water. They were usually built of the rock available in the local area, the walls could be several feet thick to prevent heat being lost in the winter.
The fact that so many of these cottages still survive pays a lasting testament to the skill of the builders.
As can be seen in the picture above the windows were often very small, this helped to reduce heat loss and also reduced the cost of building as glass would have beeen very expensive to purchase.
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