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

Farmleigh Estate, Phoenix Park. Dublin City 1873

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The Guinness family & Ireland's premier accommodation for dignitaries Farmleigh Estate is located in Phoenix Park, Dublin City and was originally a small Georgian house. It was purchased by Edward Cecil Guinness on [...]

Farmleigh Estate, Phoenix Park. Dublin City 18732019-06-26T15:19:52+00:00

Tower no.6 Balcarrick, Portrane Beach. County Dublin 1804

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One of 39 Martellos still standing & views out to Lambay Island This is tower no.6 Balcarrick located on Portrane Beach in north co.Dublin. It was built in 1804 to thwart any plans [...]

Tower no.6 Balcarrick, Portrane Beach. County Dublin 18042019-06-26T16:35:46+00:00

Swords Castle, Swords. County Dublin 1190

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An Arch-Bishop's private getaway, An orchard & The Tudors Swords Castle is located in the town of Swords in north county Dublin and dates from 1190 a.d. In 1181 John Comyn succeeded Laurence O'Toole [...]

Swords Castle, Swords. County Dublin 11902019-06-26T16:40:03+00:00

The Round Tower, Portrane. County Dublin 1844

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The Roundtower built for love - but is it an original ? This is the Round Tower in Portrane in north County Dublin. Many of the Round Towers in the Fingal region date [...]

The Round Tower, Portrane. County Dublin 18442019-06-26T16:43:08+00:00

Mellifont Abbey, Tullyallen. County Meath 1142

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Ireland's first and most important Cistercian Abbey Mellifont Abbey was founded by St Malachy in 1142. This was the first, the richest and the most important of Ireland's 35 Cistercian abbeys. The Cistercian [...]

Mellifont Abbey, Tullyallen. County Meath 11422019-06-26T16:49:20+00:00

Castle Roche, Dundalk. County Louth 1236

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One of the most striking Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland but don't look out the window  Castle Roche is one of the most striking Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland. It was built in 1236 by [...]

Castle Roche, Dundalk. County Louth 12362019-06-26T17:16:11+00:00

Knowth Passage Tomb, Donore. County Meath 3000BC

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site with Europe's greatest collection of Megalithic Art in a single location! Knowth is Ireland's most spectacular complex of prehistoric passage tombs. This World Heritage site dates from about [...]

Knowth Passage Tomb, Donore. County Meath 3000BC2019-06-26T20:52:03+00:00

Griesebank House, Ballitore. County Kildare 1726

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The Quakers, Shackelton and The Leadbeater Papers Griesebank House was a former school for Quakers. It was founded by Abraham Shackleton in 1726, the fore father of the great polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton. [...]

Griesebank House, Ballitore. County Kildare 17262019-06-26T20:59:18+00:00

The River Shannon (224miles from Cavan to Limerick)

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The longest river in Ireland & Great Britain has an ancient monster in it! The River Shannon is 360 km (224 miles) and is by far the longest river in Ireland and is [...]

The River Shannon (224miles from Cavan to Limerick)2019-06-26T21:47:40+00:00

Sean’s Bar, Athlone. County Westmeath 900AD

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Ireland's, Europe's and possibly the World's oldest pub! Sean's Bar in Athlone is not only the oldest bar in Ireland, but also in Europe and possibly the World dating from 900 a.d. This [...]

Sean’s Bar, Athlone. County Westmeath 900AD2019-06-26T22:03:18+00:00

Dalkey Island, Off south County Dublin

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An Ancient island near the stars with a thorn in it's side Dalkey Island lies less than 300 metres off the south Dublin coastline near the village of Dalkey. This 22 acre island [...]

Dalkey Island, Off south County Dublin2019-06-27T06:04:51+00:00

Lambay Island, lies off north County Dublin

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Interesting historic island full of wildlife Lambay lies 4km off the north County Dublin coast and is the eastern most point of Ireland. In the Neolithic period it was used as a production site [...]

Lambay Island, lies off north County Dublin2019-06-27T06:16:28+00:00

Ballybrack Dolmen, Ballybrack. County Dublin 2500BC

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A 4500 year old dolmen in the middle of a housing estate in south Dublin This Dolmen is located in Ballybrack in south County Dublin dates from approx 2500BC. It granite capstone has [...]

Ballybrack Dolmen, Ballybrack. County Dublin 2500BC2019-06-27T06:21:08+00:00

The Market Cross, Kells. County Meath 10th century

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A Master sculptor, Sanctuary & Hanging rebels The Market Cross is located outside the courthouse in Kells in co.Meath. This early 10th century cross  was originally called the “Cross of the Gate” as [...]

The Market Cross, Kells. County Meath 10th century2019-06-27T06:25:49+00:00

The Clonfinlough Stone, Clonfinlough. County Offaly c.1000BC-1400AD

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Strange stone carvings on an international pilgrimage route The Clonfinlough Stone is located near the village of Clonfinlough in co.Offaly. This national monument has mysterious carvings which may date from anytime between c.1000BC [...]

The Clonfinlough Stone, Clonfinlough. County Offaly c.1000BC-1400AD2019-06-27T06:41:59+00:00

Old Fort, Shannonbridge. County Offaly 1810

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A unique Napoleonic fort on the Shannon This odd and unique looking building is the Old Fort at Shannonbridge in co.Offaly. It was built in 1810 at this strategic location on the Shannon [...]

Old Fort, Shannonbridge. County Offaly 18102019-06-27T06:44:06+00:00

Knocksink Bridge, Enniskerry. County Wicklow 1859

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Once the highest bridge in Ireland with a treasure trove of unique species below it Not many people are aware whilst driving into Enniskerry on the R117 that they passing over the Knocksink [...]

Knocksink Bridge, Enniskerry. County Wicklow 18592019-06-27T06:37:58+00:00

Collins Barracks, Arbour Hill. Dublin City 1702

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One of the largest barracks in Europe, Michael Collins & Rare collections of artifacts Collins Barracks is located on Arbour Hill in Dublin City on a site originally ear-marked for a mansion for [...]

Collins Barracks, Arbour Hill. Dublin City 17022019-06-27T10:26:04+00:00

Templar’s Church, Templetown. County Wexford 1310

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Crusades, Norman warriors & Betrayal Templar's Church received its name from the Knights Templar, a brotherhood of monastic Norman warriors who originated during the crusades. After the Norman invasion of Ireland in 1169, [...]

Templar’s Church, Templetown. County Wexford 13102019-06-27T10:28:23+00:00

Tintern Abbey, Hook Head. County Wexford 1200

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William Marshall, A great storm & One of the richest Cistercian Abbeys in Ireland Tintern Abbey, Saltmills, County Wexford The beautiful Tintern Abbey was founded in 1200 by William Marshall, the 1st Earl [...]

Tintern Abbey, Hook Head. County Wexford 12002019-06-27T10:35:41+00:00

Loughcrew, Oldcastle. County Meath  3200BC      

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The best kept archaeological secret in Ireland..Shhh! Loughcrew has been described as ‘Ireland’s greatest archaeological secret’ and is one of the BIG 4 megalithic sites of Ireland (the others being Carrowkeel, Carrowmore and [...]

Loughcrew, Oldcastle. County Meath  3200BC      2019-06-27T10:39:18+00:00

Shell Cottage, Carton House Estate. County Kildare 1750

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Millions of Shells from all over the World, Marianne Faithful, Queen Victoria & Princess Grace of Monaco This stunning little house was built in 1750 for Emily Fitzgerald. She was a great granddaughter [...]

Shell Cottage, Carton House Estate. County Kildare 17502019-06-27T10:41:23+00:00

Glencullen House, Glencullen. County Dublin 1800

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Daniel O'Connell, The Valley of Holly & A a famous architect Glencullen House was built in 1800 and was possibly designed by the famous Irish architect, Francis Johnson. The house, along with it's [...]

Glencullen House, Glencullen. County Dublin 18002019-06-27T10:44:02+00:00

St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny City 1285

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The 2nd longest church in Ireland & The oldest building in Kilkenny St Canice's Cathedral was built between 1202 and 1285 and is the second longest in Ireland after St Patrick's Cathedral in [...]

St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny City 12852019-06-27T10:45:41+00:00

St. Mogue’s Cottage, Ferns. County Wexford 1790

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A beautifully restored cottage, Mary McAleese & A historic village The beautiful St Mogue’s Cottage is located on the grounds of St Edan's Cathedral in Ferns. It largely dates from the 18th century [...]

St. Mogue’s Cottage, Ferns. County Wexford 17902019-06-27T10:55:22+00:00

St Audeon’s Church, High Street. Dublin City c.1190AD

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The oldest and best preserved original features of any church in Dublin City St Audeon's Church is located on High Street in Dublin City and dates from c.1190AD. It has the distinction of [...]

St Audeon’s Church, High Street. Dublin City c.1190AD2019-06-27T10:58:00+00:00

Kilkea Castle, Castledermot. County Kildare 1426

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A claimant to the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Ireland & The Wizard Earl Kilkea Castle was built in 1426 and is a claimant of the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Ireland (as [...]

Kilkea Castle, Castledermot. County Kildare 14262019-06-27T11:00:31+00:00

The Moone High Cross, Moone. County Kildare 10th Century

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A masterpiece of sculpture & The the 2nd tallest High Cross in Ireland The Moone High Cross is regarded as a masterpiece among granite crosses and dates from the 10th century. It is [...]

The Moone High Cross, Moone. County Kildare 10th Century2019-06-27T11:07:30+00:00
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