National Monuments

National Monuments

The Druids, St Patrick & The Temple of Deen

These granite rocks are the remains of a burial chamber known locally as the Temple of Deen. It is located near the village of Culdaff on the Inishowen Pennisula in co.Donegal. It dates from between [...]

A stunning Celtic Cross, an important seat of learning and the GAA hurley bat

The Cloncha Cross is located in the village of Culdaff in county Donegal and dates from the 10th century a.d. This national monument stands over 12 feet high. It's beautiful carvings are a hybrid of [...]

A tranquil location, An impressive 7th century saint & Ancient prayers for the local farmers

St Moling's Well is located in the townland of Mullennakill in county Kilkenny. St Molin was a 7th century saint who worked under St Brendan. This beautiful woodland location over looking the River Arigle is [...]

A Norman castle with stunning views over Carlingford Lough

King John's Castle is located in Carlingford in county Louth. This national monument was allegedly built for King John of England in 1200 however recent research suggests that it may have been built by the [...]

Ireland’s tallest High Cross located in a beautiful monastic settlement

This beautifully carved cross is located in the grounds of Monasterboice in county Louth. It is the tallest cross Ireland standing high at 21 feet and is dated to the 9th century. High Crosses are [...]

The finest barbican in Ireland, 360′ views & Cromwell

St Laurence's Gate is located in Drogheda in county Louth. This interesting structure was built in 1280 just outside the original walls of Drogheda. It is described as a 'barbican' and is regarded as the [...]

Viking Raids, beautiful Celtic Crosses and once the highest Roundtower in Ireland

The Round Tower of Monasterboice is located in county Louth and dates from the 10th century a.d. The tower stands 92 feet high but may have originally been 108 feet making it one of the [...]

Northern Ireland’s most iconic castle, Secret escape tunnels & Led Zeppelin

Dunluce Castle is located in Bushmills in county Antrim. This is one of Northern Ireland's most iconic castles and it's image is used extensively to market Northern Ireland as a holiday destination. This was a [...]

One of the best preserved medieval castles in the whole of Ireland

Carrickfergus Castle in county Antrim is one of the best preserved medieval structures in the whole of Ireland. It was built by the Norman conqueror John de Courcy in 1177. Over the centuries the castle [...]

One of the finest Norman castles in Ireland blown up by a physician

Carlow Castle in located in Carlow Town. This was one of the finest Norman castles ever built in Ireland. It was built around 1213 by William Marshall and the site was carefully chosen because of it's [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Rebellion, The O’Doherty’s & The Flight of the Earls

Burt Castle is one of the most recognizable castles in Donegal being located on a small hill overlooking Lough Swilly. This would have originally been a small island surrounded by tidal marshland. It was built [...]

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 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 [...]

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

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 Prendergasts who lived here for 300 years. [...]

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

St Macculin's Church is located in the village of Lusk in north county Dublin. This national monument is an interesting building comprising of a 9th century round tower, a 15th century defensive tower and a [...]

A castle with an unusual design, The O’Neill’s & Harry Avery

Harry Avery's Castle is located on the hill behind the village of Newtownstewart in county Tyrone. It is named after Harry Avery O'Neill, the 14th century local chieftain. The structure is considered unusual because Irish [...]

The tallest standing stone in Ireland

Punchestown Long Stone is located near the entrance to the Punchestown Racecourse in county Kildare. This national monument is the tallest and one of the most graceful examples in Ireland standing at 22 feet high. [...]

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

This strange looking structure is called 'Conolly's Folly' and stands 140 feet high. It is composed of several arches and is adorned by stone pineapples and eagles and is topped by a massive obelisk pillar. [...]

One of Ireland’s grandest fortified tower houses but beware of the O’Flagherty

Aughnanure Castle is located in Oughterard in county Galway. This national monument dates from the late 1400's and is one of the grandest fortified tower houses in the entire country and is one of over 200 [...]

The Hag’s Chair, The Ring of Gullion & Decorated grave goods

The Ballykeel Dolmen is located in Camlouth in co. Armagh and dates to between 4000 - 2500 b.c. This ancient area is known as 'The Ring of Gullion'. It contains many ancient tombs and has recently [...]

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 35 Cistercian abbeys. The term Cistercian derives from Cistercium, the Latin [...]

Proleek Dolmen. Ballymascanlon. co.Louth c.4000>3000 b.c

This is the beautiful and graceful Proleek Dolmen located on the legendary Cooley Peninsula in co. Louth. It is one of the finest examples in Ireland and dates from between 4000 to 3000 bc. They [...]

A Christian Cross with a Pagan base

Kilgobbin Cross is located in Stepaside villagein south co. Dublin. It was found in 1800 when a wall for the nearby graveyard was being built. It stands over 8 feet tall and can be estimated [...]

One of the finest Wedge Tombs in Ireland

The Ballyedmunduff Wedge Tomb is located in the forest on the Glencullen side of the Dublin Mountains. This national monument is considered to be one of the finest examples of a wedge tomb in Ireland. [...]

Everyone was dying to get into this Abbey

Jerpoint Abbey is located just outside the beautiful village of Thomastown in co.Kilkenny. It was founded in 1180 as a Cistercian Abbey by the King of Osraige and is notable for its imposing central tower [...]

Ireland & Europe’s heaviest capstone on a dolmen

This national monument is the Brownshill Portal Tomb located in Brownshill in co.Carlow. It is not only the largest example in Ireland but also in Europe with a capstone weighing in at an impressive 150 [...]

Regarded as the most beautiful High Cross in the World

This National Monument is the wonderful Muiredach’s High Cross located in Monasterboice, co. Louth. It is regarded as the most beautiful Celtic cross in the World and Ireland’s greatest contribution to European sculpture. It stands 18 [...]

Ireland’s most iconic building, 2 lakes & a village idiot

The Glendalough Round Tower is one of Ireland's most iconic buildings and stands at 100 feet high. Round towers were mainly built between the 9th and 12th centuries and only 3 exist beyond our borders [...]

An ancient ring fort, Niall of the Nine Hostages, St Patrick and Sun Worship

Grainan of Aileach is located in Burt in co.Donegal. This ring fort dates to the 5th century a.d but the site dates back thousands of years before this to 1700 b.c. It sits on a [...]

One of the largest & earliest stone circles in Ireland

This national monument is the Beltany Stone Circle, located in Raphoe in co.Donegal. It dates from between c.1400 b.c > 800 b.c and is one of the largest and earliest stone circles in Ireland with [...]

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