107, 2018

An excellent example of an early Irish Cistercian Monastery

Boyle Abbey was the first Cistercian monastery founded in Connaught. It was established in 1161 under the patronage of the MacDermotts who ruled this area at the time and was completed in 1218. It had a church on the north side […]

106, 2018

One of the finest and largest court tombs in Ireland

This national monument is the incredible Creevykeel Court Tomb in co. Sligo. It is regarded as one of the finest examples of a full-court tomb in Ireland and is also the largest in a chain of five megalithic buildings along this […]

2903, 2018

The only sculptured 15th century high altar to survive in Ireland

Sligo Abbey, located in Sligo Town, was built by Maurice Fitzgerald for the Dominicans in 1252. The site contains a great wealth of carvings including Gothic and Renaissance tomb sculpture, well preserved cloisters and the only sculptured 15th century high […]

1002, 2018

World famous gardens, Friendly seals & An island paradise

Garinish Island also known as ‘Ilnacullin’ or ‘Island of Holly’ is located in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay in west Cork. The micro climate in this bay is caused by the warmer currents of the Gulf Stream which […]

912, 2017

A spectacular castle to rival Balmoral, Marilyn Monroe and Evictions

Glenveagh Castle is located in the stunning Glenveagh National Park in co.Donegal. It was built between 1867 and 1873 by Captain John Adair who tried to recreate a castle retreat better than Balmoral. He was also responsible for evicting 224 tenants from […]

2405, 2017

An ancient passage tomb with some of the finest vistas in Ireland

Seefin Passage Tomb is located on a hilltop 1700 feet above sea level near Kilbride in county Wicklow. This national monument dates to somewhere between 3300 to 3000 b.c. The tomb’s name in Irish ‘Suidh Fhionn’ translates to ‘The Seat […]

604, 2017

Once the site of a 7th century monastery, A Cistercian abbey & A convent

Moore Abbey, Monasterevin. co.Kildare was built in 1767. This was originally the site of the 7th century monastery of St Evin. In the 12th century it became a rich and powerful Cistercian Monastery and after the suppression of the monasteries […]

404, 2017

Site of the earliest known Irish Parliament & The oldest intact stone window in Western Europe

Castledermot, co.Kildare packs a punch for historical buildings. This small town takes it’s name from ‘Diseart Diarmad’ meaning ‘Dermot’s Hermitage’. It must have been a very important ecclesiastical centre as there are many fine ruins including the remains of a […]

2203, 2017

Possibly Ireland’s most beautiful tea room with a great cause to have a cuppa

Deenagh Lodge, Killarney. co.Kerry was built in 1834 as a cottage orne. It is located at the entrance to Killarney National Park beside the Deenagh River. It was built using the local river reed which being hollow offered excellent insulation […]

2203, 2017

Ireland’s best preserved medieval banqueting hall – party time!

This NATIONAL MONUMENT is Desmond Hall located in Newcastle West. co.Limerick. It was built between the 13th & 15th centuries. This area preserves many of Ireland’s surviving medieval halls which were used by the Earls of Desmond for banqueting and […]

1401, 2017

One of the largest stone circles in south west Ireland located in Kenmare Town

Kenmare Stone Circle was built about c.2500-1000 b.c It is located 5 minutes walk from the centre of the town and is locally known as the ‘The Shrubberies’. It is one of the largest stone circles in south west Ireland […]

812, 2016

One of the largest, tallest and most spectacular dolmens in Ireland

This NATIONAL MONUMENT is the Kilmogue or ‘Harristown’ dolmen. It was constructed between c.3000-4000 b.c and is located near the village of Mullinvat in co. Kilkenny. It’s name ‘Kilmogue’ derives from ‘Mog’s Church’ referring to the Celtic deity Mogons, a god […]

2311, 2016

One of the best preserved and much over-looked medieval towns in Ireland

Clonmines probably began it’s life as a Norman settlement established by William Marshall in the 13th century as an alternative port to New Ross. The remains of this once considerable town include two tower houses, two fortified churches and an […]

1810, 2016

The original and possibly the most spectacular tourist trail in Ireland

The Gap of Dunloe is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland for 250 years. This stunning narrow mountain road passes between MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and Purple Mountain in County Kerry and is about 11 km (6.8 mi) long. […]

1810, 2016

Gaze at the stars within one of the most important early forts in Ireland

Staigue Fort is a NATIONAL MONUMENT that dates from the late iron age (approx 300 – 400 a.d). It’s name ‘Caiseal Stéig’ translates  to ‘the fort of the steps’ or possibly ‘the windy fort’. It is located in a spectacular […]

1210, 2016

A Norman motte or an ancient passage tomb ?

This NATIONAL MONUMENT is Ninch Barrow Mound located in Laytown. co.Meath. It possibly dates from approx c.400 a.d and stands nearly 20 feet high with a diameter of 75 feet. It resembles a Norman motte and the nearby bungalow also […]

1210, 2016

One of the finest intact Palladian mansions in Ireland and the first famine museum in the country

Strokestown Park House is located in 300 acres of parklands in Strokestown. co.Roscommon. It was built in 1730 and is regarded as one of Ireland’s finest and most intact Palladian mansions. It’s centre block was completed in 1696 but was extended around […]

810, 2016

The ancient starting point for pilgrims for climbing Croke Patrick

This NATIONAL MONUMENT is Murrisk Abbey in co.Mayo. It was founded 1456 by the Augustinian Friars on the site of a former church reputedly founded by St Patrick. It is located near to foot of Croagh Patrick Mountain close to the sea […]

810, 2016

The National Famine Memorial depicting a coffin ship with skeletons in the rigging

The National Famine Memorial is located in Murrisk. co.Mayo. It sits at the foot of Croagh Patrick and commands panoramic views over the landscape of Clew Bay. This striking sculpture was crafted by John Behan and commemorates the millions who […]

510, 2016

Attacked, Burnt and Destroyed – Everyone killed except one!

This NATIONAL MONUMENT is Roscrea Castle built in 1281 & within the ground is Damer House built in 1730. The original motte and bailey fortification on this site was built in 1213 and was known as King John’s Castle. It […]