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

Rathmore Motte Castle, Rathmore. County Kildare 12th century

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Skeletons, A great motte & The Fitzgeralds Rathmore is located in north county Kildare and is named after this 'Great Motte'. The Motte is a large flat-topped mound that was used as the'castle' [...]

Rathmore Motte Castle, Rathmore. County Kildare 12th century2019-06-28T14:25:05+00:00

Kilteel Monastic Ruins, Kilteel. County Kildare 12th century

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Unique 12th century Romanesque sculptures in an historic village The Kilteel Monastic Ruins are located in the historic village of Kilteel in county Kildare. This national monument dates to the 12th century and [...]

Kilteel Monastic Ruins, Kilteel. County Kildare 12th century2019-06-28T05:22:53+00:00

Martello Tower No. 7, Killiney Hill. County Dublin 1804

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A martello on millionaires row This is Martello Tower No. 7 located on Killiney Hill in South County Dublin. It is one of about fifty Martellos built by the British. Many were were [...]

Martello Tower No. 7, Killiney Hill. County Dublin 18042019-06-28T05:25:13+00:00

Rathfarnham Castle, Rathfarnham, County Dublin 1585

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One of Ireland's finest fortified manor houses, Exquisite interiors & The Jesuits Rathfarnham Castle was built in 1585 by Adam Loftus, Archbishop of Armagh. Loftus was described as an ambitious Yorkshire clergyman who [...]

Rathfarnham Castle, Rathfarnham, County Dublin 15852019-06-28T05:34:05+00:00

Finnegan’s Pub, Dalkey. County Dublin 1862

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One of Dublin's finest pubs located in one of Ireland's most beautiful villages Finnegan's Pub is located in Dalkey village in south county Dublin. It was established in 1970 by Dan Finnegan and [...]

Finnegan’s Pub, Dalkey. County Dublin 18622019-06-28T05:42:17+00:00

Howth Castle, Howth. County Dublin 1177

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Occupied by the same family for 800 years, Grainne O'Malley & St Lawrence Howth Castle in north county Dublin has been the private residence of the Gaisford - St Lawrence family for over [...]

Howth Castle, Howth. County Dublin 11772019-06-28T05:51:54+00:00

The Criminal Courts of Justice, Parkgate Street. Dublin City 2010

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Among the most technologically advanced courts facilities in the World The Criminal Courts of Justice are located on Parkgate Street in Dublin City. They were designed by Henry J Lyons Architects and opened [...]

The Criminal Courts of Justice, Parkgate Street. Dublin City 20102019-06-28T06:00:13+00:00

The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin City 1684

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Ireland's finest 17th century building & The Irish Museum of Modern Art The Royal Hospital is regarded as the finest 17th century building in Ireland. It was built in 1684 by Sir William [...]

The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin City 16842019-06-28T06:02:54+00:00

The Rotunda Hospital, Parnell Street. Dublin City 1757

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The oldest continuously operating maternity hospital in the World The Rotunda Hospital is located on Parnell Street in Dublin City. It is the oldest continuously operating maternity hospital in the World. It is [...]

The Rotunda Hospital, Parnell Street. Dublin City 17572019-06-28T06:06:47+00:00

The Bank of Ireland Building, College Green. Dublin City 1739

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The first purpose-built two-chamber parliament house in the World The Bank of Ireland building is located on College Green in Dublin City. This was the World's first purpose-built two-chamber parliament house. It served [...]

The Bank of Ireland Building, College Green. Dublin City 17392019-06-28T06:12:33+00:00

The Four Courts, Inns Quay, Dublin City 1775

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The centre of Ireland's legal system, James Gandon & gutted by fire in 1921 This was formerly the location of a 13th century Dominican Friary and housed the Four Courts of Chancery, Kings [...]

The Four Courts, Inns Quay, Dublin City 17752019-06-28T06:14:26+00:00

St Mary’s Church, Gowran. County Kilkenny 13th century

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Clerics, Norman tombs & Beautiful medieval carvings This national monument is St Mary's Church located in the village of Gowran in county Kilkenny. The church was served by a college of clerics who [...]

St Mary’s Church, Gowran. County Kilkenny 13th century2019-06-28T14:55:55+00:00

Mount Juliet Estate, Thomastown. County Kilkenny 1757

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One of Ireland's finest 5* golf estates, Normans & A gift to a wife Mount Juliet is located near the beautiful village of Thomastown in county Kilkenny. It was built in 1757 by [...]

Mount Juliet Estate, Thomastown. County Kilkenny 17572019-06-28T14:58:34+00:00

Dunbrody Abbey, Campile. County Wexford 1170

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One of Ireland's longest abbeys, A hedge maze & Strongbow's uncle Dunbrody Abbey is located in Campile in county Wexford. It was founded 1170 on the grounds of a former Cistercian monastery under [...]

Dunbrody Abbey, Campile. County Wexford 11702019-06-28T15:05:59+00:00

The Kennedy Homestead, Dunganstown. County Wexford c.1800

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The birthplace of Patrick Kennedy - JFK's Grandfather This small cottage in Dunganstown in county Wexford is the birthplace of JFK's great grandfather Patrick Kennedy(b.1823 – 1858). By the time Patrick reached adulthood, both [...]

The Kennedy Homestead, Dunganstown. County Wexford c.18002019-06-28T15:08:15+00:00

Enniscorthy Castle, Enniscorthy. County Wexford 1190

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Fought over by everyone including the Normans, Gaelic, English, Protestants, Catholics and a even few ghosts! Enniscorthy Castle has had a turbulent history and was fought over by the Normans, the English and [...]

Enniscorthy Castle, Enniscorthy. County Wexford 11902019-06-28T15:10:58+00:00

St Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy. County Wexford 1843

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Designed by Augustus Welby Pugin - master architect of the 19th century St Aidan's Cathedral was designed by the famous Victorian architect Austus Welby Pugin (1812 – 1852). Pugin is remembered for his [...]

St Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy. County Wexford 18432019-06-28T15:13:38+00:00

The Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland, Clonskea. Dublin City 1996

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Ireland's Islamic Headquarters This is The Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI) is located in Clonskea, South Dublin next to University College Dublin. It was designed by the Irish architect firm, Michael Collins & [...]

The Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland, Clonskea. Dublin City 19962019-06-28T16:41:00+00:00

Malahide Castle, Malahide, County Dublin 1185

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This castle was built as a large fortress in 1185 by Sir Richard Talbot, a knight who accompanied King Henry II to Ireland. It was was occupied by the Talbot family between 1185 until 1973 making it the longest continuosly inhabited castle in Ireland by the same family. On the morning of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, 14 members of the family sat and had breakfast together for the last time as none of them returned. It was considerably enlarged during the reign of Edward IV around 1470 and the towers were added in 1765. Dublin County Council bought the property and the 265 acres in 1975 giving public access to one of the finest period interiors and beautiful botanical gardens.

Malahide Castle, Malahide, County Dublin 11852019-06-28T16:42:36+00:00

Conolly’s Folly, Celbridge, County Kildare 1742

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A unique odd looking structure & The emblem of the Irish Georgian Society This strange looking structure was built in 1742 and is known as 'Conolly's Folly' or ‘Conolly’s Obelisk’. It stands 140-feet [...]

Conolly’s Folly, Celbridge, County Kildare 17422019-06-28T17:14:39+00:00

Straffan Parish Church, Straffan. County Kildare 1838

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A french design, the K Club & the Barton and Guestierdue winery Straffan Parish Church was built in 1838 and takes it's architectural design from France. This connection was through the local Barton [...]

Straffan Parish Church, Straffan. County Kildare 18382019-06-29T05:39:31+00:00

Powerscourt House & Estate, Enniskerry. County Wicklow 1741

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One of Ireland's most beautiful mansions & voted no.3 best gardens in the World Powerscourt House was built in 1741 and is located on the Powercourt Estate in Enniskerry, co.Wicklow. It was designed [...]

Powerscourt House & Estate, Enniskerry. County Wicklow 17412019-06-29T06:17:49+00:00

The Kilternan Dolmen, Kilternan. County Dublin c.2500BC

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A heavy weight dolmen hidden in south County Dublin The Kilternan Dolmen is located in south Dublin near the village of Kilternan. This national monument  is believed to have the second heaviest cap [...]

The Kilternan Dolmen, Kilternan. County Dublin c.2500BC2019-08-19T15:40:46+00:00

Mellifont Abbey, Tullyallen. County Meath 1142

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The first and most important Cistercian Abbey in Ireland Mellifont Abbey located in Tullyallen in co. Meath was founded by St Malachy in 1142. This was the first and most important of Ireland's [...]

Mellifont Abbey, Tullyallen. County Meath 11422019-06-29T06:36:51+00:00
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