I visited Cloontykilla Castle recently and was gutted to see its current condition. The castle has been exposed to the elements now for over 5 years. All the new construction within the castle has degraded dramatically. The heavy duty timber joists have swelled and bowed. The steel protective coatings have been breached and are starting to show signs of corrosion. The flat roof covering has given up the fight and is allowing water to penetrate at will through the seams.
Of course though, the original structure is still a fortress to the elements. It’s still standing tall, proud and robust and most likely laughing at all the modern day construction technology crumbling around it.