The Province of Leinster

The first part of the name Leinster derives from Laigin, the name of a major tribe that once inhabited the area and the latter part of the name derives either from the Irish tír or from the Old Norse staðr, both of which translate as ‘land’ or ‘territory’

These are some of the most significant landmarks, buildings and monuments in the province of Leinster

Castledermot. County Kildare 10th-18th centuries

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Site of the earliest known Irish Parliament & The oldest intact stone window in Western Europe This small town was originally called 'Diseart Diarmad'; meaning 'Dermot's Hermitage'. This was once a very important [...]

Castledermot. County Kildare 10th-18th centuries2019-06-25T19:34:31+00:00

Duckett’s Grove, Rainstown. County Carlow 1850

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Carlow's richest family, The IRA & Banshees This great house was built between 1818 and 1850 and was once home to the Duckett family. The Ducketts were Carlow's largest landowners for 300 years [...]

Duckett’s Grove, Rainstown. County Carlow 18502019-06-25T20:27:04+00:00

Delvin Castle, Delvin. County Westmeath 1310

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Loyal Kings men, The Nugents & An ancient trading route Delvin Castle is located right in the middle of Delvin village in County Westmeath. This was once a sturdy Norman castle with a [...]

Delvin Castle, Delvin. County Westmeath 13102019-06-26T05:05:06+00:00

Athcarne Castle, Balrath. County Meath 1590

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Battle of the Boyne, Spectres & Blood covered hands This foreboding looking building is Athcarne Castle located in Balrath co. Meath.  It was built for William Bathe in 1590. The Bathe family produced [...]

Athcarne Castle, Balrath. County Meath 15902019-06-26T05:18:41+00:00

Leixlip Castle, Leixlip. County Kildare 1172

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One of the earliest Norman castles and one of the most continuously occupied buildings in Ireland Leixlip Castle was built in 1172 by Adam de Hereford, a follower of Strongbow, one year after [...]

Leixlip Castle, Leixlip. County Kildare 11722019-06-26T05:39:16+00:00

Barberstown Castle, Straffan. County Kildare c.1500

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Only 37 owners so far (including Eric Clapton) Barberstown Castle is located in Straffan. co.Kildare. It was built around c.1500 on the grounds of an earlier Norman castle built by Nicholas Barby in [...]

Barberstown Castle, Straffan. County Kildare c.15002019-06-26T05:41:50+00:00

The Molly Malone Statue, Dublin City 1988

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The Tart with the Cart, The Dish with the Fish & The Trollop with the Scallops The Molly Malone Statue was designed by Jeanne Rynhart and based on a popular song of a [...]

The Molly Malone Statue, Dublin City 19882019-06-26T05:49:24+00:00

The German Military Cemetery, Glencree. County Wicklow

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134 bodies of the German Luftwaffe lie here This cemetery was originally a quarry owned by Lord Powerscourt to supply the nearby military barracks of Glencree. Although Ireland positioned itself neutral during the [...]

The German Military Cemetery, Glencree. County Wicklow2019-06-26T05:58:00+00:00

The Medieval Museum Waterford, Waterford City 2013

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Ireland’s only purpose-built medieval museum This stunning new museum was built in 2013. It is Ireland’s only purpose-built medieval museum and is also the only building on the island to incorporate two medieval [...]

The Medieval Museum Waterford, Waterford City 20132019-06-26T06:02:35+00:00

White’s Castle, Athy. County Kildare 1417

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An important strategic location for thousand of years White's Castle was built in 1417 by Sir John Talbot, Viceroy of Ireland, to protect the inhabitants of Athy from the 'wild Irish'. This location [...]

White’s Castle, Athy. County Kildare 14172019-06-26T06:46:09+00:00

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin City 1172

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One of Ireland's most historic buildings, The heart of a saint and Tom & Jerry Christchurch is built on the most commanding position in Dublin and is one of the finest historical buildings [...]

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin City 11722019-06-26T06:48:24+00:00

The Athcarne Cross, Balrath. County Meath 1675 

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A unique cross embodying both Renaissance and Baroque influences This cross, now a national monument, was erected circa 1675 as a memorial to Sir Luke Bathe and his wife, Dame Cecilia Dowdall, who [...]

The Athcarne Cross, Balrath. County Meath 1675 2019-06-26T09:17:45+00:00

Puck’s Castle, Shankill. County Dublin 1500

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The Pooka, A spooky disappearance & King James II These are the ruins of Puck's Castle, located in south county Dublin. Many of these structures were built around Dublin between 1400 and 1550 [...]

Puck’s Castle, Shankill. County Dublin 15002019-06-26T09:20:34+00:00

Beaulieu House, Drogheda. County Louth 1680

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A rare example of an original 17th century mansion in Ireland The beautiful Beaulieu House is located 3 miles from the town of Drogheda in County Louth. This is a rare example of [...]

Beaulieu House, Drogheda. County Louth 16802019-06-26T09:37:45+00:00

Drimnagh Castle, Drimnagh. County Dublin 1240.

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One of the few moated castles in Ireland The original castle in Drimnagh was built around 1240 by a Norman Knight called Hugo de Berneval whose family name was later anglicised to Barnewall. [...]

Drimnagh Castle, Drimnagh. County Dublin 1240.2019-06-26T09:50:38+00:00

Trim Castle, Trim, County Meath 1176

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The earliest and one the largest Norman castles in Europe, Braveheart & Hugh de Lacy Trim Castle is not only the earliest stone castle to be built in Ireland but also the one [...]

Trim Castle, Trim, County Meath 11762019-06-26T10:04:51+00:00

Ireland’s Eye. Off north County Dublin

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The Vikings, The Stack, A parish church & Bird colonies Ireland's Eye lies off the coast north of Howth Harbour in north co. Dublin. In pre-Christian times it was called Eria's Island and [...]

Ireland’s Eye. Off north County Dublin2019-06-26T11:18:16+00:00

Gibney’s Pub, Malahide. County Dublin est.1890

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The village well, 14,000 gallons of water and 5 generations of the same family Gibney's pub was previously known as The Abercorn Tavern until 1937 when James Joseph Gibney bought it for £2500. [...]

Gibney’s Pub, Malahide. County Dublin est.18902019-06-26T11:33:45+00:00

Scarawalsh Bridge, Scarawash. County Wexford 1795

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Beautiful 18th century engineering in a local style Scarawalsh Bridge was built in 1795 and is a well known landmark located between Enniscorthy and Ferns in County Wexford. This 6 arch humpback road [...]

Scarawalsh Bridge, Scarawash. County Wexford 17952019-06-26T14:54:48+00:00

Humewood Castle, Kiltegan. County Wicklow 1872

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A fantasy castle, The Humes and A ground breaking court case Humewood Castle was built in 1872 and is located in Kiltegan. co.Wicklow. The Humes formerly lived in a fortified tower house built here [...]

Humewood Castle, Kiltegan. County Wicklow 18722019-06-26T15:04:17+00:00

Howth Martello Tower, Howth. County Dublin 1805

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A vintage radio museum & Napoleon This is Howth Martello Tower located in Howth. north co.Dublin. It was built in 1805 and is strategically positioned overlooking Howth Harbour and out beyond to Ireland's [...]

Howth Martello Tower, Howth. County Dublin 18052019-06-26T15:06:26+00:00

Clontarf Castle Gatehouse, Clontarf. Dublin City 1830

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900 years of history, Thin Lizzy & Dana This is the beautiful gatehouse for Clontarf Castle which along with the castle were totally remodeled in the 1830's. The original castle was built by [...]

Clontarf Castle Gatehouse, Clontarf. Dublin City 18302019-06-26T15:10:38+00:00

St Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny City 1842

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The highest point in Kilkenny, 3 'official' names and A statue by Benzoni St Mary's Cathedral is located in Kilkenny City and is the highest point in the City with it's 186 foot [...]

St Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny City 18422019-06-26T15:12:45+00:00
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