Return of The Hulk

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No, this is not a post about a green Marvel Super Hero. This is The Hulk, as it is known locally in my town of Monasterevin. A massive Georgian House which sits just outside the town adjacent the Hazel Hotel. I first visited The Hulk back in 2012, but was unable to explore it fully as Dylan was with me in his buggy, and so I had to make do with some shots from afar. Recently I was passing by and noticed that the site was up for sale. It is part of a plot of land of about 25 acres which was until recently believed to be owned by Corbally Homes. Unfortunately it is now in such a bad state of disrepair that if and when the land is sold The Hulk will more than likely be demolished as it is extremely unsafe at the moment.

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With this in mind I seized the opportunity to go and explore the site a little further. Due to the current state the entire building is inaccessible, all windows and doors have now been either bricked or boarded up, and so I had to make do with having a look around the exterior. Fortunately I found an interesting little clip on YouTube which shows the interior, it’s a bit shakey but well worth a look.

The grounds as you can imagine are also in a bad way and prone to flooding, around the back was like walking through a swamp. Signs of fallen roof tiles and fallen brick work could be seen everywhere. A couple of sheds to the rear were open, but did not contain anything of interest. I did however find what may be a natural spring to the rear of the building, but then again it might be flood water rising to the surface.

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Built back in 1734, The Hulk started life as a school for orphaned protestant children. Built by the ‘Incorporated Society for promoting protestant English schools in Ireland’ under Royal Charter. The building is a fine example of Georgian industrial architecture, with a three storey, three bay design. The main enterance consists of a round headed door which leads to the center ground floor. Above you will notice a circular whole were a clock was once present. There are two small entrances, right and left, for girls and boys. Boys were usually taught a trade which they could be apprenticed into when they reached about 13-15 years.

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Around 1870 the building was renovated for use as a warehouse up until the early 1990’s with part of the house still in use as a residence. Sadly the house is not protected by the State and is not even included on the National Monuments Service Website. So it looks like The Hulk’s days are now numbered which is a shame as it would make a terrific location for a museum or heritage center for the town. If only someone would make the investment and restore the building, it would not only create local jobs, but could boost Tourism and interest in the area. Fingers crossed, the new owner whomever it may be will take an interest and do something useful with the site instead of knocking it down and building shops or houses.

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About edmooneyphotography

Photographer, Blogger, Ruinhunter, with an unhealthy obsession for history, mythology and the arcane.
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44 Responses to Return of The Hulk

  1. komarovstyle says:

    Good post……….

  2. Uncle Spike says:

    I was gonna say the same komarovstyle…
    Will try and view YouTube vid another time – banned here.

  3. the mind boggles thinking about the possibilities of photography in the inside of this Hulk! Well done.

  4. newsferret says:

    Great shots friend!

  5. Rajiv says:

    Super shots. It is sad that the house for orphaned children now seems, itself, to be orphaned

  6. Kate M. says:

    Beautiful shots. Such a shame the powers-that-be couldn’t figure out how to protect it.

    • Thanks Kate, its a simple fix really. Restore the damn thing for use as a Heritage center, museum or art center. In turn creating local jobs and boosting the towns economy and tourism. Its a win, win for everyone, 🙂

  7. jmgajda says:

    It must be quite wonderful to live someplace where the magnificent carcasses of gorgeous ruins are strewn about. I’m wistfully sighing in envy. Your photos of the house are well constructed and I especially like the far shot: the way the light streams through the clouds, making half dark, half bright, mimic the contrast below of bushes to clear ground and gives a sense that the house is beckoning you to it.

    I agree with Javier! Some ‘urban exploration’ should occur, perhaps with an adventurous person you could photograph amongst the ruins.

    Thanks for also including the video and history of this house. It was very interesting.

    🙂

    • As it turns out, the video was taken by a friend of mine from the town a few years ago before it got bricked up. He has some shots from the inside. I might just have to look into doing some further exploration 🙂

  8. john says:

    Love your eye for detail. Well done.

  9. colonialist says:

    A forbidding aspect! Even so, somebody with access to lots of money could probably do amazing things with it short of flattening it.
    The first picture would really set the mood for a Gothic novel …

  10. wildninja says:

    I know it’s expensive to restore such buildings, but what a shame that it’s been left to rot. These older buildings have so much more character and soul that our new stark and boxy metal buildings do.

  11. Oh my. The image right after the video. So much love for that.

  12. manadh says:

    These are so so good in black and white. Particularly like the overgrown cottage. Abandoned buildings are so sad, but at the same!e time so interesting to explore.

  13. It’s a pity that so many old castles, mansions and whatnot get just knocked down instead of renovated and used for something more befitting. But that seems to be a problem in every country that has some remands of their history just rotting away with no one caring about them…
    Not too far away from here we currently have an old castle that would need some proper renovations, but instead of getting an investor it soon will be sold by court order and might even lose it’s status as listed building and who knows what will then happen to it and the tales and the history that lives within its walls…

    Though for a ruin hunter like yourself it wouldn’t be too good to not have any ruins to hunt, I imagine. 🙂

  14. Marianne says:

    I like the pictures and the video. you have really captured the place. it is a shame that it was not restored.

  15. LB says:

    For some reason, even though I’ve looked at many of your posts, this one makes me sad …

  16. jamoroki says:

    Hi Ed. It looks more like it was an old Granary than a house. And a bit spooky. I would be too scared to go. But I’m sure a lick of paint will do it up nicely!!

  17. mengeleblog says:

    splendid! true art !

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  19. There’s just something so intriguing about abandoned buildings. (One of my favourite subreddits is ‘Abandoned Porn’, http://www.reddit.com/r/abandonedporn) It’s sad that they can’t all be saved, but it’s also great when photographers can do their part to preserve them in some way. Well done on your part! 🙂

  20. bobgrytten says:

    Interesting – kept me with your work thru the end.

  21. magelangimages says:

    the government should preserve its old, historic buildings…

  22. eebrinker says:

    i hope they do something with it to keep the history– because it’s a wonder. almost like a fort.

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