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A Corinthian Column in Ireland

Updated: Aug 17

After disembarking from the Stena Line ferry in Rosslare, drive west on the N25 for approximately 35 minutes. In the distance beyond a field of friendly cows, you'll discover a most interesting, noteworthy site.

Here you'll see one of Ireland's most unusual landmarks, the Browne-Clayton Monument. Built between 1839 and 1841, the unique structure was modeled after Pompey's Pillar, the ancient triumphal Roman Corinthian column still standing today in Alexandria, Egypt.


The column in Ireland was built by General Robert Browne-Clayton of Carrigbyrne, to commemorate Sir Ralph Abercrombie, his commanding officer, who was mortally wounded during victorious Egyptian battles against Napolean in 1801.


Local legend refers to the landmark as "Browne's Nonsense." It is said that Browne originally built the tribute in memory of his son - thought to be killed in battle. However, the son returned safe and sound shortly after the pillar was completed.


It was the first interesting and mysterious structure we happened upon after setting foot in southeastern Ireland. However, as interesting as the column may be, what we found most endearing was the warm welcome received from what appeared to be tremendously curious, cheerful cows.


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