Discovering Ireland’s Spectacular Heritage

Discovering Ireland’s Spectacular Heritage

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Charles Fort, Kinsale. co.Cork 1682

Charles Fort is located on the hillside entrance of the harbour overlooking the picturesque town of Kinsale. It is a classic example of a late 17th century star-shaped fort and one of the largest military installations in the […]

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Skellig Michael, Kerry. 6th-12th centuries

This incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site is the early Christian monastery of Skellig Michael. It is located 13 km off the Kerry coastline at an altitude of 600 feet and is one of the most dramatic […]

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Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, Carrowmore. co.Sligo 4600 > 1000 b.c

Carrowmore is the largest megalithic cemetery in Ireland and amongst the oldest in Europe. It is believed that there may have been over 100 monuments on this site but only 30 have survived as the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]