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

Boyle Abbey, Boyle. County Roscommon  1161-1592

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An excellent example of an early Irish Cistercian Monastery Boyle Abbey was the first Cistercian monastery founded in the province of Connacht and is now a national monument. It was established in 1161 [...]

Boyle Abbey, Boyle. County Roscommon  1161-15922019-06-25T18:08:19+00:00

Murrisk Abbey, Murrisk. County Mayo 1456

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The ancient starting point for pilgrims to climb Croke Patrick  Murrisk Abbey in County Mayo was founded 1456 by the Augustinian Friars on the site of a former church reputedly founded by St [...]

Murrisk Abbey, Murrisk. County Mayo 14562019-06-25T19:45:46+00:00

100 year old nuns attacked, stripped and beaten here

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Burrishoole Friary, Newport, County Mayo 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 entered [...]

100 year old nuns attacked, stripped and beaten here2019-06-21T10:25:57+00:00

A castle in transition – guns and flowerboxes

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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 [...]

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

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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 [...]

Ireland’s only Fjord – Killary Harbour, Lennane. co.Galway2019-06-21T10:26:12+00:00

The World’s oldest field system

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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 [...]

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An ingenious building & the ultimate man cave

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The Monk’s Fishing House, Cong, County Mayo The Monk's Fishing House is located on the former grounds of Cong Abbey. This ingenious structure was built sometime in the 16th century on a platform over the [...]

An ingenious building & the ultimate man cave2019-06-21T10:26:23+00:00

A 10th century round tower with beautiful views

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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 [...]

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

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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 [...]

Country life in Ireland, a Victorian gem and a modern classic2019-06-21T10:26:25+00:00

A carefully chosen location for a Pirate Queen

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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 [...]

A carefully chosen location for a Pirate Queen2019-06-21T10:26:26+00:00

A super cute Irish cottage located near Kinvarra

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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 super cute Irish cottage located near Kinvarra2019-06-21T10:26:46+00:00

The last great stone Cathedral to be built in Europe

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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 [...]

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The most photographed castle in Ireland

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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 [...]

The most photographed castle in Ireland2019-06-21T10:26:47+00:00