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Gougane Barra, Ballingeary. County Cork 6th-19th centuries

One of the most picturesque churches in Ireland 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 who reputedly founded a [...]

Lough Eske Castle, Lough Eske. County Donegal   1868

A 5 Star Beauty in the wilds of Donegal 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 the great [...]

Boyle Abbey, Boyle. County Roscommon  1161-1592

An excellent example of an early Irish Cistercian Monastery Boyle Abbey was the first Cistercian monastery founded in the province of Connacht and is now a national monument. It was established in 1161 under the patronage of the MacDermotts who ruled this area at [...]

Creevykeel Court Tomb, Creevykeel. County Sligo c.2500-4000BC

One of the finest and largest court tombs in Ireland This national monument is in a chain of five megalithic buildings along this ancient route in county Sligo. It dates from the Neolithic period (c.2500-4000 BC) and consists of a wedge-shaped cairn and an [...]

Sligo Abbey, Sligo Town. County Sligo       1252

The only sculptured 15th century altar to survive in Ireland 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 and Renaissance [...]