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Rhyolite House

This ruined cottage lies outside Connor, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Much of the walls are made of rhyolite, a volcanic rock which occurs in the nearby Tardree Mountain - a volcanic plug. Many of the blocks are more regular than is common in such vernacular dwellings. This could be because rhyolite is easier to dress than the basalt boulders which also occur nearby. A more tempting possibility is that the stones have been reused from the medieval monastery which was located in Connor less than a mile from this site, of which only a hexagonal platform known as the Bishop's Palace remains.