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A colourful castle in a spectacular location, Marilyn Monroe and evictions

Glenveagh Castle is located in the stunning Glenveagh National Park in co.Donegal. It was built between 1867 and 1873 by Captain John Adair who tried to recreate a castle retreat better than Balmoral. He was also responsible for evicting 224 tenants from his land, a job which involved 200 police officers, the local magistrate and the sub sheriff. Many of those evicted [...]

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

Seefin Passage Tomb, Kilbride. co.Wicklow c.3300-3000 b.c  is a NATIONAL MONUMENT. It was 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 [...]

The site of the 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 it was granted to Lord Audley, then to Lord Viscount Ely and then to the Marquis of Drogheda's family. The [...]

By | April 6th, 2017|Categories: co. Kildare, Georgian 1720 > 1840, Leinster, Monuments & Curiosities|Tags: |0 Comments

Site of the earliest known Irish Parliament & the oldest intact stone window in Western Europe

Castledermot, co.Kildare packs a punch for historical buildings. This small town 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 and a Franciscan friary. Kilkea Castle is also nearby which was once the [...]

‘Possibly’ the most beautiful tea room in Ireland with the greatest cause

Deenagh Lodge, Killarney. co.Kerry was built in 1834 as a cottage orne. It is located at the entrance to Killarney National Park beside the Deenagh River. It was built 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 [...]

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

This NATIONAL MONUMENT is Desmond Hall located in Newcastle West. co.Limerick. It was built between the 13th & 15th centuries. This area preserves many of Ireland's surviving medieval halls which were used by the Earls of Desmond for banqueting and entertainment but this is regarded as the finest. The Hall, the vaulted lower chamber and adjoining tower were all constructed [...]