THE PYRAMID BY THE NEALE

THE PYRAMID BY THE NEALE

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2014-04-26 15.24.34 The Neale Pyramid. © Rory Gavin

The Neale is a small village in Co. Mayo on the west coast of Ireland.  It’s a tiny place that you could easily drive through without even knowing you were there.  That is, if it wasn’t for the 30 foot tall pyramid.

According to “An Introduction to the Architectural Heritage of County Mayo” the pyramid was built in 1750 as a memorial to Sir George Browne MP by his brother Sir John Browne. It sits on what was once the grounds of Neale House which was built in 1737 and eventually demolished just over 200 years later.  It’s a stepped pyramid, rising in 10 layers from a 40 foot base.

The old country estate and the family that built it are long gone.  Today it lies in a privately owned field, which it shares with a herd of sheep.  I was reliably informed that the sheep occasionally…

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