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Seefin Passage Tomb, Kilbride. co.Wicklow c.3300-3000 b.c

This national monument is the Neolithic Seefin Passage Tomb built around 5000 years ago on a 650m high mountain in North Wicklow. It’s name in Irish (Suidh Fhionn) means “The Seat of Fionn” and these tombs appear in ancient stories as entrances to the ‘otherworld’, ‘the homes of the gods’or symbolised the belly of a pregnant woman where the passage is […]

Moore Abbey, Monasterevin. co.Kildare 1767

Moore Abbey stands on an ancient site that was originally 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 it was granted to Lord Audley, then to Lord Viscount Ely and then to the Marquis of Drogheda’s family. The beautiful building you see […]

Castledermot, co.Kildare. c.10th Round Tower, c.9th Crosses and c.12th Friary

The small town of Castledermot in south Kildare 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 round tower, 2 Celtic crosses, an Abbey, a Franciscan friary and Kilkea Castle, once the residence of the Dukes of Leinster is nearby. The earliest […]

Deenagh Lodge, Killarney. co.Kerry 1834

This beautiful cottage orne is Deenagh Lodge. It is located at the entrance to Killarney National Park beside the Deenagh River. It was built in 1834 using the local river reed which being hollow offered excellent insulation during the winter and kept it cool during the summer. The lodge has beautiful features including a traditional decorated thatched roof, overhanging eaves, […]

Desmond Hall, Newcastle West. co.Limerick 13th-15th centuries

This National Monument is Desmond Hall located in Newcastle West. This area preserves many of Ireland’s surviving medieval halls which were used by the Earls of Desmond for banqueting and entertainment. The Hall, the vaulted lower chamber and adjoining tower were all constructed during the 15th century on the remains of a 13th century structure of similar size. Its restored […]

Kenmare Stone Circle, Kenmare. co.Kerry c.2500-1000 B.C

The Kenmare Stone Circle is located 5 minutes walk from the centre of Kenmare and is locally known as the ‘The Shrubberies’. It is one of the largest stone circles in south west Ireland measuring 17.4 x 15.8m and dates from the bronze age (c.2,200 – 500 B.C.). The function of these structures is still unclear but were probably used […]

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Kilmogue (Harristown) Dolmen, Mullinavat. co.Kilkenny. c.3000-4000 b.c

This impressive dolmen is the Kilmogue Portal Tomb located on the eastern slopes of Brown Mountain, about 3 miles from the village of Mullinavat in co. Kilkenny. The name “Kilmogue” derives its name from the Irish Cill Mhóg or Mog’s church, referring to the Celtic deity Mogons, a god associated with mountains and whose name is cognate with “might”. These […]

Clonmines Medieval Borough, Wellington Bridge. co.Wexford c.13th-16th centuries

This interesting site is 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 Augustinian Friary. The tower […]

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Gap of Dunloe, Dunloe Upper. co.Kerry

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. Within it are five lakes which are connected by the River Loe. Between the first two lakes is an old […]