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Kilclooney Dolmen, Kilclooney. co. Donegal c.3500 b.c.

The beautiful Kilclooney Dolmen dates from c 3500 b.c and is regarded as one of the finest examples of a portal tomb in the country. It’s impressive capstone measures 13 wide, 20 feet long and […]

Kilnasaggart Pillar Stone, Jonesborough. co. Armagh c.700 a.d

The Kilnasaggart Pillar Stone is one of the earliest datable stone monuments in Ireland. It stands 2 metres tall in a field near the village of Jonesborough in co. Armagh. The ogham script on the […]

Newgrange, Donore. co.Meath 3200 b.c

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is Newgrange, the ‘Mother Ship’ of all Irish ancient monuments. It is part of a complex of at least 35 similar type monuments built along a bend of the River […]

The first stone built church in Ireland – Duleek Church 6th or 7th century a.d.

The name ‘Duleek’ or ‘Damh Laigh’ means ‘stone church’ as this was reputedly the site of the first stone church built in Ireland. The original monastic settlement here was founded by St Patrick and was […]

Ireland’s most famous folly – The Wonderful Barn, Leixlip. co. Kildare

The Wonderful Barn was commissioned by Katherine Conolly widow of William ‘Speaker’ Conolly of the Castletown Estate. It rises to a height of 73 feet in a tapering cone and is encircled by a cantilevered […]

The finest Neoclassical building in Europe – Casino Marino 1775

Casino Marino is regarded as one of the finest Neo-Classical buildings in Europe. It is also one of the most surprising. It was designed by Sir William Chambers as a pleasure home for James Caulfield […]

Dublin’s most architecturally important building – Custom House 1791

Custom House Quay is Dublin’s most architecturally important building and is regarded as a masterpiece of European Neoclassicism. It was designed by James Gandon (1743 – 1823) who today, is recognized as the leading architect […]

Ireland’s most iconic buildings – Glendalough Round Tower and St Kevin’s Kitchen

This is the Round Tower and St Kevin’s Kitchen at Glendalough. The Round Tower is one of Ireland’s most iconic buildings standing 100 feet high. Round towers were mainly built between the 9th and 12th […]

Ireland’s first Cistercian Abbey – Mellifont 1142

These are the ruins of Mellifont Abbey, founded in 1142 by St Malachy. This was the first of the 35 Cistercian monasteries to be founded in Ireland and remained as the ‘mother ship’ for the […]