“The best, most unique secret can give you the power to resist authority, to evade the restrictions of the establishment, to reject the blandishments of corporate power, to allow you to live purely by the laws of the imagination. You can stay on the outside of routine and never become part of the mindless herd. Rebellion is all about locating and maintaining your very own distinct set of personal secrets.” –Paul Morley, Joy Division: Piece by Piece
Notes from the Zone: Castle & Windmill
I found that in the 15th century there was a castle or keep here which unknowingly would first gain some modern notoriety for the Zone. The now iconic illustration of anonymous ruins featured on the Irish Brookfield tin sweet boxes of the 1950’s is said to be of it. The castle is no longer there as its stones were used to build the foundation of the big house which still stands not far away. The Zone is indeed on a peninsula that juts out onto a lake and this could be interpreted from the original illustration above. I think the mountain range in the background might be holding its own clue as well.
It’s interesting that this strangely intriguing image of Ireland went around the world and no doubt helped shaped peoples opinions of what the country was like. I wonder why it was used; did some marketeer of that time somehow know of its occult significance and believe that even mere images from the Zone could have their own mysterious power for the brand or did they want to keep knowledge of its secret alive in the myth that would grew up around the image? In a case of synchronicity I came across one of these aged boxes on an unrelated matter just days after I found out this information and have used an image of it here.
The Castle I believe can also be seen in this 17th century engraving of the Zone I managed to find by chance on a local tourism website. I was surprised to find that the stone base of the windmill in the bottom left hand corner still exists to this day. Two images of it are below, one from the early 1900s and as I found it.