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1909, 2018

One of the most picturesque churches in Ireland

Gougane Barra, Ballingeary, County Cork. 6th – 19th century

Gougane Barra is a wild and wonderful glaciated valley located in the Shehy Mountains in West Cork. The name translates to mean ‘Finbarr’s Rock’ and is named after a 6th century monk […]

1108, 2018

A 5 Star Beauty in the wilds of Donegal

Lough Eske Castle, Lough Eske. County Donegal           1868

Lough Eske was once part of the domain of the powerful O’Donnell clan who ruled from the nearby Donegal Castle for hundreds of years. After the Flight of the Earls in 1607 when all […]

107, 2018

An excellent example of an early Irish Cistercian Monastery

Boyle Abbey, Boyle. County Roscommon         1161 –  1592

Boyle Abbey was the first Cistercian monastery founded in the Province of Connacht. It was established in 1161 under the patronage of the MacDermotts who ruled this area at the […]

106, 2018

One of the finest and largest Neolithic court tombs in Ireland

Creevykeel Court Tomb, Creevykeel. County Sligo       c. 4000 – 2500 b. c.

The Creevykeel Court Tomb is regarded as one of the finest examples of a full-court tomb in Ireland. This national monument is in a chain of five megalithic buildings […]

2903, 2018

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

Sligo Abbey, Sligo Town, County Sligo       1252

Sligo Abbey is located right in the middle of Sligo Town. It was built by Maurice Fitzgerald for the Dominicans in 1252 and includes a great wealth of carvings. These include Gothic […]

1002, 2018

An Island paradise, World famous gardens & friendly seals

Garinish Island, Glengarriff. County Kerry

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

912, 2017

Evictions, Classy parties and a hunting estate to rival Balmoral

Glenveagh Castle, Glenveagh National Park. County Donegal     1867

Glenveagh Castle was built in 1867 by John George Adair, a wealthy land speculator from Co. Laois. His dream was to create a beautiful hunting estate in Donegal by buying plots belonging […]

2405, 2017

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

Seefin Passage Tomb, Kilbride. County Wicklow      c. 3300 b.c – 3000 b.c 

The Seefin Passage Tomb is located on a hilltop 1700 feet above sea level and dates to somewhere between 3300 to 3000 b.c. The tomb’s name in […]

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, County Kildare    7th – 18th century a. d.   

Castledermot packs a big punch for having historical buildings. This small town was originally called ‘Diseart Diarmad’; meaning ‘Dermot’s Hermitage’. This was once a very important ecclesiastical centre and there are […]

2203, 2017

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

Deenagh Lodge, Killarney National Park. County Kerry      1834

Deenagh Lodge is classified as a ‘cottage orne’ or ornamental cottage. It was built in 1834 and is located near the entrance of Killarney National Park beside the river Deenagh. It was built […]

2203, 2017

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

Desmond Hall, Newcastle West. County Limerick     b. 13th – 15th centuries

This area of Ireland preserves many of Ireland’s surviving finest medieval halls that were used for banqueting and entertainment. Desmond Hall is regarded as the finest. It’s restored medieval […]

1401, 2017

One of the largest stone circles in south west Ireland located in a town

Kenmare Stone Circle, Kenmare town. County Kerry      c.2500-1000 b.c

This stone circle is located 5 minutes walk from the centre of Kenmare town. It is locally known as the ‘The Shrubberies’ and is one of the largest stone […]

812, 2016

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

Kilmogue Portal Tomb, Mullinavat. County Kilkenny       c. 4000 – 3000 b. c.

This National Monument is the impressive Kilmogue or ‘Harristown’ Dolmen. It was constructed between c.4000 – 3000 b. c. and is located near the village of Mullinvat in co. […]

2311, 2016

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

Clonmines, Bannow Bay. County Wexford        14th – 16th centuries

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 […]

1810, 2016

The original and possibly the most spectacular tourist trail in Ireland

The Gap of Dunloe. County Kerry

The Gap of Dunloe has been one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland for 250 years. This stunning mountain is about 11km long and passes between The MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and Purple Mountain in […]

1810, 2016

Gaze at the stars within one of our greatest prehistoric forts

Staigue Fort, Sneem. County Kerry    c. 300 -400 a. d.

Staigue Fort in Irish translates to ‘the fort of the steps’ or possibly ‘the windy fort’. It is located in a spectacular location a few miles up a mountain pass […]

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 […]