The Province of Connacht

Cúige derives from the Old Irish for ‘a fifth’ (we originally had 5 provinces including Meath – The Middle Kingdom)

These are some of the most significant landmarks, buildings and monuments in the province of Connacht

An excellent example of an early Irish Cistercian Monastery

Boyle Abbey, Boyle. County Roscommon         1161 -  1592 Boyle Abbey was the first Cistercian monastery founded in the Province of Connacht. It was established in 1161 under the patronage of the MacDermotts [...]

One of the finest and largest Neolithic court tombs in Ireland

Creevykeel Court Tomb, Creevykeel. County Sligo       c. 4000 – 2500 b. c. The Creevykeel Court Tomb is regarded as one of the finest examples of a full-court tomb in Ireland. This national monument is in [...]

The only sculptured 15th century high altar to survive in Ireland

Sligo Abbey, Sligo Town, County Sligo       1252 Sligo Abbey is located right in the middle of Sligo Town. It was built by Maurice Fitzgerald for the Dominicans in 1252 and includes a great [...]

One of the finest intact Palladian mansions in Ireland and the first famine museum in the country

Strokestown Park House is located in 300 acres of parklands in Strokestown. co.Roscommon. It was built in 1730 and is regarded as one of Ireland's finest and most intact Palladian mansions. It's centre block was completed in [...]

The ancient starting point for pilgrims for climbing Croke Patrick

This NATIONAL MONUMENT is Murrisk Abbey in co.Mayo. It was founded 1456 by the Augustinian Friars on the site of a former church reputedly founded by St Patrick. It is located near to foot of Croagh [...]

The National Famine Memorial depicting a coffin ship with skeletons in the rigging

The National Famine Memorial is located in Murrisk. co.Mayo. It sits at the foot of Croagh Patrick and commands panoramic views over the landscape of Clew Bay. This striking sculpture was crafted by John Behan [...]

One of Ireland’s most stunning & historic fishing lodges

Delphi Lodge is located in the Delphi Valley in Conemara, co.Galway. It is one of the most spectacular valleys in Ireland on it's own 1000 acre estate. It is surrounded by wild rivers, beautiful lakes [...]

One of the ‘BIG 4’ ancient passage tomb cemeteries of Ireland

This NATIONAL MONUMENT is the Carrowkeel Neolithic Cemetery. It is located in Ballymote. co.Sligo and dates way back to c.3400 b.c. This mound on top of this desolate hilltop is one of 14 cairns forming [...]

The largest megalithic cemetery in Ireland & amongst the oldest in Europe

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery is located a few miles south of the town of Sligo. It is the largest megalithic cemetery in Ireland and amongst the oldest in Europe dating back to 4600 b.c. It is [...]

A castle under constant attack, The Red Earl & A dodgy location!

Ballinafad Castle is located in Ballinafad in county Sligo. It was built in 1590 and is also known as the 'Castle of the Curlews'. It has had a turbulent history due to it's strategic (or [...]

100 year old nuns attacked, stripped and beaten here

Burrishoole Friary, Newport. County Mayo         1470 This national monument is the beautiful ruin of Burishoole Abbey. It was founded by Sir Richard de Burgo for the Dominican order in 1469, who resigned his lordship and [...]

Diarmuid & Grainne, 10,000 year old cave bears & Irish mythology

The limestone Caves of Kesh are located near Ballymote in co. Sligo half way up the side of a mountain. They can be reached by a 200m assent up a steep grassy slope. There are [...]

A castle in transition – guns and flowerboxes

This National Monument is Portumna Castle located in Portumna co.Galway. It was built in 1618 and is regarded as a very interesting example of Irish architecture in the transition between the medieval fortified tower house [...]

The most photographed castle in Ireland and a generous King

Dunguaire Castle, Kinvarra. County Galway        1520 Dunguaire Castle is located in the beautiful village of Kinvarra in county Galway and is said to be the most photographed castle in Ireland. It was built on a [...]

Ireland’s only Fjord – Killary Harbour, Lennane. co.Galway

Killary Harbour, is classified as Ireland's only fjord. It is located beside the beautiful village of Leenane which is often aptly described as the Gateway to Connemara. It forms a partial border between counties Galway [...]

The World’s oldest field system

The Ceide Fields are located near Ballycastle in co.Mayo. The Céide Fields are the oldest known and most extensive stone age field systems in the world covering 1,500 hectares. This open air archaeological site is [...]

A romantic love story with a sad ending & Benedictine nuns on the run

Kylemore Abbey is located in a beautiful glaciated valley in Connemara, co. Galway. It was built in 1871 as a private residence for Manchester Industrialists Mitchell and Margaret Henry. They had come to this area [...]

An Abbey with some of Ireland’s finest early architecture founded by a great King

Cong Abbey is located in Cong, co. Mayo. This national monument was founded on the former site of St Feichins Monastery by the great High King Turlough Mor O'Connor in 1135. The Abbey contains some [...]

An ingenious building & The ultimate man cave

The Monk’s Fishing House, Cong. County Mayo        c. 1500 The Monk's Fishing House is located on the former grounds of Cong Abbey. The remains of Cong Abbey have been praised as featuring some of the [...]

One of Ireland’s finest wedge tombs, An altar, A holy well & A forest frozen in time

Srahwee Wedge Tomb is located in Cregganbaun in co.Mayo. This national monument is regarded as one of the finest wedge tombs in Ireland, so called because of its shape, wider and higher at the entrance [...]

One of Ireland’s most beautiful historic houses, Croagh Patrick & The Pirate Queen

Westport House was built in 1730 and is considered to be one of Ireland's most beautiful historic homes. It was designed by the famous architects Richard Cassels and James Wyatt. Cassels, born in German, also [...]

A 10th century round tower with beautiful views

Meelick Round Tower is located in Swinford, co. Mayo. It was built between 923 and 1013 a.d on a monastic site attributed to St. Broccaidh and the area was once the principal abbey in the [...]

A short round tower on holy ground, St Patrick and The Pope

Turlough Round Tower stands on a hillside overlooking the gardens for the National Museum of Country Life. This national monument dates to the c.9th century and is odd looking as it has a lower and [...]

Country life in Ireland, a Victorian gem and a modern classic

The Museum of Country Life is located in Turlough Village in co. Mayo. It was opened in 2001 and is the only national museum outside of Dublin. Turlough House was built in 1867 to the designs [...]

The Quiet Man, The Guinness Family and Ireland’s premier 5* resort

Ashford Castle is located in Cong on the shores of Lough Corrib in co. Mayo. This is a 5 star luxury hotel which has won numerous global awards. The oldest section of the castle dates [...]

A carefully chosen location for a Pirate Queen

Rockfleet Castle is located near Newport in co.Mayo. It dates from the mid 1500's and was the main stronghold of Grace O’Malley (c.1530- c. 1603) - The ‘Pirate Queen of the West’. This strategic location [...]

One of our country’s most beautiful churches & Ireland’s Taj Mahal

Kylemore Abbey Church is located in the grounds of Kylemore Abbey in co.Galway. This little church is  regarded as one of the most beautiful churches in Ireland and has one the finest interiors. It was [...]

A super cute Irish cottage located near Kinvarra

This Irish cottage is located on the Galway Road near the beautiful seaside village of Kinvarra in county Galway. These cottages date from about 1800 on wards and usually had 2 or 3 rooms! Their [...]

A beautifully restored fortified tower house & a perfect wedding venue

Cloonacauneen Castle is a stunning 15th century tower house situated on outskirts of Galway City. Unusually, the majority of Cloonacaueen's owners have been recorded since 1574, when Richard Beag Burke lived here. The castle next [...]

The last great stone Cathedral to be built in Europe

he Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas is more commonly known as Galway Cathedral. This site, on the banks of the Corrib River was originally the site of the old city [...]

The most photographed castle in Ireland

Dunguaire Castle, Kinvarra. County Galway        1520 Dunguaire Castle is located in the beautiful village of Kinvarra in county Galway and is said to be the most photographed castle in Ireland. It was built on a [...]

Galway’s beautiful university is ranked in top 1% in the World

Galway University opened it's doors on the 30th of October 1849 to 63 students and was then known as Queen's College. This was in fact one of three 'Queen's Colleges', the others two were located [...]

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

Aughnanure Castle, Oughterard. County Galway   1480 Aughnanure Castle is one of the grandest fortified tower houses in Ireland and is one of 200 built in county Galway alone. It has 6 floors, a banqueting hall and [...]

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