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

The highest pub in Kildare & The only parish in Ireland that claims to have 2 racecourses

Brennan's Inn is located in Kilteel in county Kildare. This is a typical 'olde world' pub that boasts antique red brick walls, pitch pine woodwork and back bar, tiled floors and two Victorian open fire [...]

Rathmore Motte Castle, Rathmore. co.Kildare – c.12th century a.d

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' headquarters for one of the Norman Fitzgeralds. In 1894 [...]

Unique 12th century Romanesque sculptures in an historic village

Kilteel Monastic Ruins are located in the historic village of Kilteel in county Kildare. This national monument dates to the 12th century and it's Romanesque chancel arch is unique in Ireland for the fact that [...]

Built as a granary in response to the 1741 ‘forgotten famine’.

The Bottle Tower, Churchtown. County Dublin        1742 The Bottle Tower was built in reaction to the 1741 famine which ravished Ireland and many parts of Europe. Recent estimates have put the death toll of this 'forgotten [...]

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 built along our eastern coastline from Drogheda [...]

One of 7 original castles built in the same village, Goats & A thorny island

Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre are located in picturesque village of Dalkey in south county Dublin. Dalkey was once noted for it's seven castles of which only two remain, this one, and Archibald's Castle on [...]

A museum dedicated to the memory and vision of Patrick Pearse

The Pearse Museum is located in St Enda's Park near Rathfarnham in south county Dublin. It is one of Dublin City's most charming and atmospheric parks, with its riverside walks, unique follies, waterfall and walled [...]

One of Ireland’s finest fortified manor houses, Exquisite interiors & The Jesuits

Rathfarnham Castle, Rathfarnham. County Dublin     1585 Rathfarnham Castle was built in 1585 by Adam Loftus, Archbishop of Armagh. Loftus was described as an ambitious Yorkshire clergyman who later became Lord Chancellor of Ireland. In the [...]

Designed to communicate to the Martellos

The Telegraph Tower is located on Dalkey Hill in south county Dublin. It was built in 1807 and was used for communicating with all the other Martello Towers along the coast and also for signalling to [...]

A folly with a millionaires view

The Pyramid of Dublin, Killiney Hill. County Dublin          1852 The Pyramid of Dublin is located on the top of Killiney Hill in south county Dublin. It was constructed in 1852 and is classified as an [...]

One of the earliest round towers in Ireland & One of only four left in county Dublin

Clondalkin Round Tower is located in the village of Clondalkin in county Dublin. This beautiful 9th century round tower is built on the site of a monastery founded by St Mochua 200 years earlier. It [...]

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 continues to be run as a family pub. The building however dates back to 1862 [...]

Howth, King Sitric & An abbey with a view

St Mary's Abbey is located in Howth in north county Dublin. Howth has strong Viking connections and it's name is derived from the old Norse name for 'Head'. King Sitric, the Norse Viking King of [...]

A bomb & torpedo proof family home with a great view!

This Martello tower was built in 1805 as part of the British strategy in Ireland to prevent a  French invasion. The Martello tower design was copied by the British from a tower in Sicily and [...]

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 800 years since 1177. It has its origins in medieval times when Almeric, the first [...]

Ireland’s only stand alone baptistry & The oldest stone roofed church still in use today

St Dowlagh's Church, Balgriffin. County Dublin    12th century St Dowlagh’s Church is the oldest stone roofed church (that is still in use today) and in the grounds is the only ‘standalone baptistery’ in the country. [...]

Nuns, The Knights Templar & Cromwell wrecking the place (yet again!)

Baldongan Church & Castle are located between the towns of Lusk & Skerries in north county Dublin. This national monument was once the site of an ancient fort. This was followed by a church built [...]

Once the largest smock windmill in Europe and now the Digital Hub of Dublin

St Patrick's Tower is located on Thomas Street in Dublin City. It was built in 1757 and was the largest smock windmill in Europe used to power the Roe Whiskey Distillery. A smock mill is a [...]

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 in 2010. This is the largest courts project undertaken in Ireland for [...]

Ireland’s finest 17th century building & Irish Museum of Modern Art

The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin City          1684 The Royal Hospital is regarded as the finest 17th-century building in Ireland. It was built in 1684 by Sir William Robinson as a home for retired soldiers and [...]

A Dublin landmark dome originally destined for St Petersburg

Mary Immaculate Refuge of Sinners Church is located in Rathmines in Dublin City. This impressive church was built in 1854 designed by Patrick Byrne in the Greek Style and was later extended by W.H. Byrne [...]

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 also estimated that over 300,000 babies were born here and the [...]

One of Ireland’s most famous buildings & The last great Georgian public building erected in the capital

The General Post Office, O’Connell Street. Dublin City    1814 The G.P.O is one of Ireland's most famous buildings and was the last great Georgian style public building erected in the capital. It was built [...]

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 as both the chambers for the Lords and the Commons for [...]

The centre of Ireland’s legal system, James Gandon & gutted by fire in 1921

The Four Courts, Inns Quay, Dublin City          1775 This was formerly the location of a 13th century Dominican Friary and housed the 4 courts of Chancery, Kings Bench, Exchequer and Common Pleas. Before this building [...]

One of Dublin’s most iconic images & Don’t pass through when the bells toll

Trinity College Campanile is located in Trinity University in Dublin City. It stands nearly 100 foot tall, was built in 1853 to the designs of the famous Belfast architect Sir Charles Lanyon and has become [...]

One of only 6 buildings in the World that was pulled up from it’s centre

The Central Bank of Ireland is located on Dame Street in Dublin City. It was designed by the brutalist architect Sam Stephenson in 1980 and it attracted a lot of criticism both for its height [...]

A Norman knight’s tomb, A 13th century abbey & An ogham stone

Thomastown is a beautiful small town located in county Kilkenny It was founded in the 13th century by an Anglo-Norman mercenary from Wales, Thomas FitzAnthony and replaced the the earlier Irish settlement of Grennan. The [...]

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 lived in a community but who did not submit [...]

One of Ireland’s finest 5* golf estates with a history dating back to the Normans

Mount Juliet is located near the beautiful village of Thomastown in county Kilkenny. It was built in 1757 by the Earl of Carrick in compliment to his wife, Lady Juliana (Juliet). This estate has very [...]

Inspired by The Cloth Hall at Bruges, a magnificent tower & a European wide audience

This Gothic styled Cathedral was built in 1833 on the site of a penal church and is dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This was the second Catholic Cathedral to be built [...]

The Clayton-Browne nonsense & The only internally accessible Corinthian column in the World

Browne-Clayton Monument is located in county Wexford. It was built between 1839 - 41 and stands over 94 ft high on Carrigadaggan Hill. It is the only internally accessible Corinthian column in the World and [...]

One of the longest abbeys in Ireland, 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 the instructions of Herve de Montmorency. Montmorency was Strongbow's uncle and when completed [...]

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 his parents were dead and the family homestead was controlled [...]

Fought over by Normans, Gaelic, English, Protestants, Catholics and a few ghosts

Enniscorthy Castle, Enniscorthy. County Wexford    1190 Enniscorthy Castle has had a turbulent history and was fought over by the Normans, the English and the Irish. It was built in 1190 by the Norman De Prendergast [...]

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 pioneering role in the Gothic Revival style and was an extraordinarily gifted artist who [...]

The Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland

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 & Associates. The layout is [...]

The longest continuously inhabited castle in Ireland by the same family – 800 years!

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.

Napoleon, St Patrick’s landing point & Rocky islands

This is one of 2 Martello Towers in Skerries. This area has extensive views up north to the Mourne Mountains and down south as far as Howth and so therefore is a perfect vantage point [...]

Great sea views, Grinding oats & 500 years of renewable energy

The Skerries Windmills, Skerries. County Dublin          1750 Skerries means ‘the Rocks’ in Gaelic and is reputed to be the place where St Patrick landed in Ireland. The location of these windmills was once the site [...]

Over 1000 years of architecture in one building, Medieval tombs & An interesting heritage centre

  St Macculin's Church, Lusk. County Dublin    9th – 19th centuries St Macculin’s Church is an interesting building comprising of a 9th century round tower, a 15th century defensive tower and a 19th century church. [...]

The tallest and most elegant standing stone in Ireland

Punchestown Longstone, Punchestown. County Kildare      c. 1500 – 500 b. c. The Punchestown Long Stone is located near the entrance to the Punchestown Racecourse in county Kildare. This national monument is the tallest and one [...]

A unique and odd looking structure, The 1741 famine & The emblem of the Irish Georgian Society

Conolly’s Folly, Celbridge. County Kildare    1742 This strange looking structure is known as 'Conolly's Folly' or ‘Conolly’s Obelisk’ and stands 140 feet high. It is composed of several arches and is adorned by stone pineapples, [...]

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 family who built the nearby K-Club. Thomas Barton, originally from Buttevant in Co. Cork [...]

The finest views of Dublin, turf fires and a great pint of Guinesss

The Blue Light Pub was established around 1870 and is located in Barnacullia in South County Dublin. It's name originates from the story that during the mid 1800's when the custom officers 'clocked off' in [...]

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 by the famous German architect Richard Cassels (whose other works include Russborough House, Westport House and [...]

Ireland’s, Europe’s and possibly The World’s oldest pub – that’s over 1000 years of drinking

Sean's Bar, Athlone. County Westmeath     established 900 a.d  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 was [...]

Once one of Ireland’s most magnificent private mansions

Radisson Blu St Helen's Hotel is located in Stillorgan in south county Dublin. This was once one of Ireland's most magnificent private houses. It was built in 1750 as a home for the Dublin barrister [...]

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