The quaintly named Crook’s Gardens field hasn’t had much luck recently. It never has. But first let me deal with the origins of its name. I don’t know who the Crooks were and there’s no evidence of a house. But the house may have been built of what we would now call very biodegradable and entirely sustainable materials, namely mud, cow dung and straw. The sort of house Manchán Magan might like you to build and read about in The Irish Times.

Once these houses were left uninhabited they quickly returned to the soil, leaving no trace. Such houses in the neighbourhood were fairly common – the vernacular architecture of my childhood, but are now all but gone. They were simply built from what was widely available; a scarcity of freely available stone but any amount of sticky clay-based mouldable soil with straw both as a mud binder and roof material.