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

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

Seefin Passage Tomb, Kilbride. County Wicklow      c. 3300 b.c - 3000 b.c  The Seefin Passage Tomb is located on a hilltop 1700 feet above sea level and dates to somewhere between 3300 to [...]

Once the site of a 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 [...]

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

Castledermot, County Kildare    7th – 18th century a. d.    Castledermot packs a big punch for having historical buildings. This small town was originally called 'Diseart Diarmad'; meaning 'Dermot's Hermitage'. This was once a very [...]

One of the largest, tallest and most spectacular dolmens in Ireland

Kilmogue Portal Tomb, Mullinavat. County Kilkenny       c. 4000 – 3000 b. c. This National Monument is the impressive Kilmogue or 'Harristown' Dolmen. It was constructed between c.4000 - 3000 b. c. and is located near the [...]

One of the best preserved and much over-looked medieval towns in Ireland

Clonmines, Bannow Bay. County Wexford        14th - 16th centuries Clonmines probably began it's life as a Norman settlement established by William Marshall in the 13th century as an alternative port to New [...]

A Norman motte or an ancient passage tomb ?

This NATIONAL MONUMENT is Ninch Barrow Mound located in Laytown. co.Meath. It possibly dates from approx c.400 a.d and stands nearly 20 feet high with a diameter of 75 feet. It resembles a Norman motte [...]

Carlow’s richest family, The IRA & Banshees

Duckett’s Grove, Rainstown. County Carlow           1850 This great house was built between 1818 -1850 and was once home to the Duckett family. The Ducketts were Carlow's largest landowners for 300 years with an estate covering [...]

St Brigid’s High Cross – Ireland’s first Spice Girl

St Bridget's High Cross is located in Kildare Town. co.Kildare. It dates somewhere between the 9th to the 12th century and stands 9 feet tall in the grounds of St Bridget's Cathedral. The cross is [...]

One of the last great Victorian Baronial houses to be built in Ireland

This is Clonyn Castle in the village of Delvin in co.Westmeath. It was built in 1876 by the Nugent family - one of the oldest Norman families in Ireland. Sir Gilbert de Nugent, originally from [...]

A Norman castle, The Nugents & An ancient trading route

Delvin Castle is located in the middle of Delvin village in county Westmeath. This was once a sturdy Norman castle with a square block in the middle and 4 corner cylindrical towers. It was built in 1310 [...]

Battle of the Boyne, Spectre’s, dying soldiers & 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 a number of well known legal and political personalities around the [...]

The House of Tua, 2 buildings separated by a 1000 years & Ultan the Silent

Taghadoe Round Tower, Taghadoe. co.Kildare c.10th Century. This place derives its name from 'Teach Tua', meaning 'House of Tua'. St Tua, also known as Ultan the Silent, was the Abbot of Clonmacnoise who founded the [...]

One of our earliest Norman castles and one of the most continuously ‘lived-in’ buildings in Ireland

Leixlip Castle was built in 1172 by Adam de Hereford, a follower of Strongbow, one year after the Norman Invasion of Ireland. This is one of the oldest continuously-inhabited buildings in Ireland. Leixlip means 'salmon [...]

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 1288. Over the next 800 years it has passed into [...]

Ireland’s last hermit

The Anchorite Cell Chapel, Fore. County Westmeath            1830 This little church is known as The Anchorite Cell Chapel and is part of the Fore Abbey complex. The original monastery here was founded by St Feichin [...]

The Tart with the Cart

The Molly Malone Statue was designed by Jeanne Rynhart and based on a popular song of a 17th century fictional character to celebrate Dublin's first millennium in 1988. It tells the tale of a fishmonger [...]

One of the GREAT passage tombs of Ireland

Dowth, which means 'darkness', is one of the 3 principle passage tombs of the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site (The other 2 being Newgrange and Knowth). It dates from c.2500 b.c and shares a [...]

134 bodies of the Luftwaffe lie here

The German Military Cemetery, Glencree. County Wicklow 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 Second World War, [...]

Ireland’s only purpose-built medieval museum and the only building to incorporate two medieval chambers

The Medieval Museum Waterford, Waterford City     2013 This stunning new museum brings Waterford’s fascinating history to life and is Ireland’s only purpose-built medieval museum. It is also the only building on the island to incorporate [...]

An important strategic site for thousands 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 on the banks of the River Barrow has been an [...]

One of Ireland’s most historic buildings, A 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 in Ireland. This location was chosen by Sitric Silkbeard, the first Christian Danish King who built a [...]

The River of Life or The Floozy in the Jacuzzi

The Anna Livia Sculpture,  The Croppies Memorial Park. Dublin City      1988 The Anna Livia Sculpture was designed by the sculptor Éamonn O' Doherty and commissioned by businessman Michael Smurfit, in memory of his father for [...]

Ireland’s first Obelisk and a dead horse

Stillorgan Obelisk is located on Newtown-Park. co. Dublin. It built in 1727 and is possibly the first obelisk to be built in Ireland. This location was originally on the grounds of Stillorgan Park House owned [...]

One of the best preserved Benedictine Abbeys in Ireland & the 7 wonders of Fore

The beautiful Fore Abbey is located in Fore, co. Westmeath. It was founded in 1180 by the Norman, Hugh de Lacy and is one of the best preserved Benedictine Abbeys in Ireland. The original church [...]

A unique cross embodying both Renaissance and Baroque influences

The Athcarne Cross is located in Balrath. co. Meath and dates from  c.1675.  This national monument was erected circa 1675 as a memorial to Sir Luke Bathe and his wife, Dame Cecilia Dowdall, who lived in the [...]

The Pooka, a spooky disappearance and 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 to protect the 'Pale' from the 'wild Irish'. Other similar structures [...]

A beautiful and rare example of a late c.17th mansion that stills exists in Ireland

The beautiful Beaulieu House (1680) is located 3 miles from the town of Drogheda in co.Louth. This is a rare example of a late c.17th mansion that stills exists in Ireland without alterations. This was [...]

One of the few moated castles in Ireland

Drimnagh Castle in Drimnagh. co. Dublin was built in 1240. It is one of the few moated castles in Ireland. The original castle here was built around 1240 by a Norman Knight called Hugo de [...]

Once regarded as one of Dublin’s finest residences

Monkstown Castle is located in Monkstown in south co.Dublin. The first castle here was built on a large farm by the Cistercian Monks of St Mary’s Abbey between the 14th and 15th centuries. This area [...]

Once converted into 3 tenements

Slade Castle, Slade Village. County Wexford   1470 Slade Castle was was built by the Laffin family in the late 1400s. The Laffins were among the first wave of Anglo-Norman colonists to arrive in Ireland after [...]

The earliest and one the largest Norman castles in Europe, Braveheart & Hugh de Lacy

Trim Castle, Trim. County Meath      1176 Trim Castle is not only the earliest stone castle to be built in Ireland but also the one of the largest Norman Castles in Europe. It was built in [...]

Remains of an atmospheric wedge tomb overlooking Dublin Bay

The Kilmashogue Wedge Tomb is located half way up the Dublin Mountains near the car park of the Kilmashogue Recreation Area. The tomb dates from about 2000 b.c and would have originally been much larger [...]

The official start to the Wicklow Way, a major music venue and a Norman estate

Marlay House is located in 300 acres of the parklands in south Dublin. The origins of this estate can be traced back to the Anglo Norman conquest of Ireland.  The original house here was built [...]

Bullet holes in the arms of ‘The Liberator’

The Daniel O’Connell Statue, O’ Connell Street. Dublin City     1880 This statue was commissioned in 1880 to commemorate Daniel O'Connell (1775- 1847) after whom the street was also renamed after Irish independence. O'Connell was born [...]

One of 4 of a collection located near a famous golfers house

The c.12th Rathmichael Cross is located in Rathmichael, south county Dublin. It is one of four distinct looking crosses found in this area which are collectively known as the Fassaroe Crosses. They are generally wheel [...]

Vikings, The Stack, a parish church and thousands of birds

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 the Vikings substituted the word Island with Ey (their Norse equivalent) and [...]

Location of The Battle of the Boyne

This is the location where The Battle of the Boyne took place between King William of Orange and his father-in-law, King James II. It was was fought on 1 July 1690 at Oldbride in co.Louth [...]

The village well, 14,000 gallons of water and 5 generations of the same family

Gibney's Pub in Malahide Village. co. Dublin was established in 1890. The pub was previously known as The Abercorn Tavern until 1937 when James Joseph Gibney bought it for £2500. It has remained in the [...]

UNESCO World Heritage Site, A masterpiece in engineering & The oldest clock in the World

Newgrange, Bru na Boinne. County Meath          c. 3200 b. c. Newgrange is by far the most famous of all Ireland's ancient monuments. It is part of a complex of at least 35 similar type monuments built [...]

The last original wooden roof of a castle to survive in Ireland

 Dunsoghly Castle, St Margarets, County Dublin     15th century Dunsoglhy Castle is located on private land at the very end of the runway of Dublin Airport. It is one of the few 15th century fortified tower [...]

The last lighthouse in Ireland to go automatic, Shipwrecks & The battle of Clontarf

The Baily Lighthouse as built in 1814 on a rocky promontory on Howth over looking Dublin Bay. It was at this location that the Norse Vikings fled to regroup after the Battle of Clontarf in 1014 [...]

A Martello Lighthouse ,The Asgard and the 4th President of Ireland

Howth Harbour Lighthouse, built in 1817, is located at the end of Howth Harbour. The building, was also used for defensive purposes as the strong circular wall defends a gun position. The lighthouse keeper’s residence [...]

A round tower attached to a church & home of Diarmuid McMorrow

The Round Tower of St Mary's Abbey is located in Ferns. co. Wexford. It dates from the c.12th and stands 60 feet high. The first church at this location was founded in the 7th century [...]

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 co. Wexford. This 6 arch humpback road bridge spans the river Slaney and is located in the townland [...]

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 in the 15th century which has passed down through successive generations of the [...]

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 Eye. The fear of an invasion by Napoleon [...]

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 the Norman, Hugh de Lacy, in 1172 near the site [...]

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 high tower. Before the arrival of Cromwell in 1650 the Catholic congregation of Kilkenny celebrated mass [...]

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