Two unique brick houses from the early 1880s can be found in Monasterevin, Co. Kildare. Both were designed by William I. Chambers, an English-born architect who came to Ireland in 1879. This period was an interesting one in the use of brick in Ireland with ‘new’ factory or machine-made Irish brick making its first appearance.
The library is an excellent example of a modern building where brick is used in a contemporary and practical way. The building is a three-storey cultural and administrative centre built for Cavan County Council, housing the county library headquarters, central library, county archive and arts office.