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Strokestown Park House, Strokestown. co.Roscommon 1730

Strokestown Park House, set on 300 acres of parklands is one of Ireland's finest and most intact Palladian mansions. It's centre block was completed in 1696 but was extended around 1730 by the famous architect Richard [...]

Murrisk Abbey, Murrisk. co.Mayo 1457

Murrisk Abbey 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 Patrick Mountain close to the sea overlooking [...]

The National Famine Memorial, Murrisk. co.Mayo 1997

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

Delphi Lodge, Delphi Valley. co.Galway 1830

Delphi Lodge is located in one of the most spectacular valleys in Ireland on it's own 1000 acre estate. It is surrounded by wild rivers, beautiful lakes and some of the tallest mountains in Connemara. [...]

Carrowkeel Neolithic Cemetery, Ballymote. co.Sligo c.3400 bc

This mound on top of this desolate hilltop is one of 14 cairns forming part of the Carrowkeel neolithic passage tomb cemetery. The Carrowkeel complex is located at an altitude of about 1000 foot in [...]

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, Carrowmore. co.Sligo 4600>1000 b.c

Carrowmore is the largest megalithic cemetery in Ireland and amongst the oldest in Europe. It is believed that there may have been over 100 monuments on this site but only 30 have survived as the [...]

Ballinafad Castle, Ballinafad. co.Sligo 1590

Ballinafad Castle 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 location that controlled the Red Earl's Road through the [...]

Burrishoole Friary, Newport. co.Mayo 1470

Burrishoole Friary, now a national monument, was founded in 1470 by Richard de Burgo of Turlough. De Burgo was an ancestor of Risdeárd an Iarainn Bourke; Granuaile O'Malley's second husband, who originally owned the nearby [...]

Caves of Kesh, Ballymote. co. Sligo

The limestone Caves of Kesh are located half way up the side of a mountain and can be reached by a 200 m assent up a steep grassy slope. There are many mythological stories associated [...]

Portumna Castle, Portumna. co. Galway 1618

Portumna Castle is a very interesting example of Irish architecture in the transition between the medieval fortified tower house and the neoclassical large country manor. It was built in 1618 on the banks of Lough [...]

The most photographed castle in Ireland > Dunguaire Castle. Kinvarra. co.Galway

Dunguaire Castle is located on a rocky outcrop near the picturesque village of Kinvarra. It is said to be the most photographed castle in Ireland. It was built in 1520 by the O’Hynes clan and [...]

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, co.Mayo. c.3000 b.c

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 made up of stone walls, field systems, enclosures and [...]

Kylemore Abbey, Connemara. co. Galway – 1871

Kylemore Abbey was originally built as a private residence for Mitchell and Margaret Henry between 1867 – 1871. They had come to this area from England on their honeymoon and were enchanted by the beauty [...]

Cong Abbey, Cong. co. Mayo – founded 1135

These are the remains of the Royal Augustinian Abbey of Cong. It contains some of the finest examples of early architecture in Ireland including Gothic windows, Romanesque doors, clustered pillars, arches, standing columns and floral [...]

The Monk’s Fishing House, Cong. co. Mayo – c.15th or 16th century

These are the remains of The Monk's Fishing House located in the grounds of Cong Abbey. This ingenious structure was built sometime between 1400 and 1550 on a platform over the River Cong. A small [...]

Srahwee Wedge Tomb, Cregganbaun. co.Mayo – c.2000 b.c

Srahwee wedge tomb is regarded as one of the finest megalithic tombs in Ireland. It was constructed during the Bronze Age (approx 2000 b.c) and is located in wild and stunning scenery about 5 miles [...]

Westport House, Westport. co. Mayo – 1730

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 [...]

Meelick Round Tower, Swinford. co. Mayo – c.10th century

Meelick Round Tower is a well preserved tower located on a hill near Swinford in co. Mayo. It was built between 923 and 1013 a.d on a monastic site attributed to St. Broccaidh. Meelick was [...]

Turlough Round Tower, Turlough. co. Mayo – c.9th century

This well-preserved round tower stands on a hillside overlooking the gardens for the National Museum of Country Life. The Round Tower dates to the c.9th century and is odd looking as it has a lower [...]

The Irish Museum of Country Life, Castlebar. co.Mayo – 2001

Ashford Castle, Cong. co. Mayo – b.1881 on earlier Norman site

The architecture of Ashford Castle dates from several eras. The oldest section is a 13th-century Norman castle that once belonged to the de Burgh family. A house styled like a French château (the original Ashford [...]

Rockfleet Castle, Newport. co.Mayo – c.1550

Rockfleet Castle was built in the mid 16th century and was the main stronghold of Grace O’Malley, the ‘Pirate Queen of the west’ (c.1530- c. 1603). This strategic location was carefully chosen by Grace as [...]

Kylemore Abbey Church, Kylemore Abbey. co.Galway – 1881

Kylemore Church is regarded as one of the most beautiful churches in Ireland and has one the finest interiors. It was built in the memory of Margaret Henry and is sometimes referred to as the [...]

Irish Cottage, Kinvarra. co.Galway – c.1800

Just had to include this lovely traditional thatched cottage located near Kinvarra, co. Galway.  17 people used to live in this house and they were the lucky ones! See Dunguaire Castle in the background. [...]

Cloonacaueen Castle, Tuam Road. co.Galway – 15th century

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 [...]

Galway Cathedral, Galway City – 1965

The 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 [...]

Dunguaire Castle, Kinvarra. co.Galway – 1520

Dunguarie Castle is located on a rocky outcrop near the picturesque village of Kinvarra. It is said to be the most photographed castle in Ireland. It was built in 1520 by the O’Hynes clan and [...]

National University of Ireland, University Road. Galway City – 1845

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 [...]

Aughnanure Castle, Oughterard. co.Galway – c.1490

This national monument is one of the best and grandest fortified tower houses in the country and is one of over 200 built in county Galway alone. It has 6 floors including a banqueting hall and [...]

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