Above cottage, located in the community of Cullenstown, Co Wexford, in the south-eastern coastal area of the country, facing the Irish Sea, has been decorated with shells by Kevin Ffrench (1921-2003).
It is said that it took Ffrench over thirty years to add the decorations, which show a variety of lozenge-shaped, circular and other geometrical patterns, interspersed with some scenes that refer to local events or famous buildings.
The internet has no biographical details about the author of this art environment.
Following Ffrench's death, the cottage in 2006 has been renovated with financial assistance of the Irish Heritage Council and for some years it was exploited as a holiday home. However, as far as I understand, it nowadays is inhabited by Kevin Ffrench's grand daughter..
The scene on next picture represents Tuskar Lighthouse on Tuskar Rock, off the Irish south-eastern coast.
This part of the coast around 1200 has been raided by the Normans, who builded a stronghold over here near the community of Bannow.
* Pictures (made in 2012) on the weblog Les grigris de Sophie (may 2015)
* Description of the house on the website of the (Irish) National Inventory of Architectural Heritage
* A 1.43 min video on Youtube of interesting places in the Bannow and Cullenstown area, also has some pics of the shell cottage (at 1'20")
first published oct 2009, revised march 2013, aug 2015
Cullenstown, Co Wexford, Ireland
can be seen from the street, no public visits