McParland’s, Parnell Street, Ireland's oldest timber-frame building

An unassuming building with an interesting chimney in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland, may be “potentially one of the most exciting urban archaeological discoveries in Ireland in recent years.” The building, currently under restoration, is believed to be Ireland’s earliest surviving example of a timber framed house. (photo)

McParland’s, owned by Irene Clune, dates to the late 16th century. The foundation of an earlier house, as well as huge oak beams, speak to the age of the structure. Experts hope to use the oak beams to date the house.