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In Use As
1880 - 1920
Freestanding cast-iron vent pipe, erected c. 1900, comprising of fluted pedestal with moulded detailing having a plain cylindrical shaft over with saw-tooth profiled crown. Located on footpath to the north-east of Ballyshannon town centre. Obscured by tree foliage.
This freestanding vent pipe is of social significance as a reminder of the development of public utilities in Ireland during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century. The fluted base is similar in form to cast-iron lamp standards of the era, and stands as testimony to the role industrial mass production in cast-iron played in the shaping of Ireland's townscapes during the time of production. This vent pipe now forms a subtle feature in the streetscape of Ballyshannon and is of some design merit, having been conceived as an aesthetic as well as functional item of street furniture.