Ireland’s Superlatives

Superlatives

Clonmines Medieval Borough, Wellington Bridge. co.Wexford c.13th-16th centuries

This interesting site is one of the best preserved and much over-looked medieval towns in Ireland. Clonmines probably began it's life as a Norman settlement established by William Marshall in the 13th century as an [...]

One of Waterford’s most outstanding National Monuments

Knockeen Portal Dolmen located in Knockeen. co. Waterford dates from approx 4000-3000 b.c. This NATIONAL MONUMENT is one of Waterford's most outstanding and ranks among the finest portal tombs in Ireland. It stands in the middle of [...]

One of Ireland’s largest castles and a battle scene in Excalibur

Cahir Castle located in the town of Cahir. co.Tipperary was built around 1142. This is NATIONAL MONUMENT IS one of Ireland's largest castles and is strategically located on an island on the River Suir. The word [...]

One of the largest and finest British military installations in Ireland

Charles Fort is located in a spectacular location over looking the Kinsale Bay in co.Cork. It was built in 1682. It is a classic example of a late 17th century star-shaped fort and one of the largest military [...]

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, extreme monasticism but don’t mention Star Wars!

Sceilig Mhichíl- 'Michael's Rock in the Sea' is an incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located 13 km off the Kerry coastline at an altitude of 600 feet and is one of the most dramatic examples [...]

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 [...]

One of Ireland’s most beautiful and oldest portal tombs

The beautiful Kilclooney Dolmen located in Kilclooney co.Donegal dates from c 3500 b.c and is regarded as one of the finest examples of a portal tomb in the country. It's impressive capstone measures 13 wide, [...]

UNESCO World Heritage Site with the oldest clock in the World

Newgrange is by far the most famous of all Ireland's monuments. It is part of a complex of at least 35 similar type monuments built along a bend of the River Boyne known collectively as Brú [...]

The first stone built church in Ireland

Duleek Church in co. Meath was built in the 6th or 7th century a.d and is reputedly the first stone church to be built in the country. This historic village began as an early Christian [...]

Ireland’s most famous (and maddest looking!) folly

The Wonderful Barn was commissioned by Katherine Conolly widow of William 'Speaker' Conolly of the Castletown Estate. It rises to a height of 73 feet in a tapering cone and is encircled by a cantilevered [...]

Secret tunnels, a zodiac room & one of the finest neo-classical buildings in Europe

Casino Marino is located off the Malahide Road in Dublin City. This interesting building is regarded as one of the finest neoclassical buildings in Europe and is also one of the most surprising. It was [...]

Dublin’s most architecturally important building, James Gandon & The 1921 fire

Custom House Quay was built between 1781 - 1791 and is Dublin's most architecturally important building and is regarded as a masterpiece of European neoclassicism. It was designed by James Gandon (1743 – 1823) who [...]

Two of Ireland’s most iconic buildings, a call to prayer and a village idiot!

Theses buildings are the Glendalough Round Tower and and St Kevin's Kitchen located in the beautiful glaciated valley of Glendalough in county Wicklow. The Round Tower is one of Ireland's most iconic buildings and stands [...]

Ireland’s first and most important Cistercian Abbey

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 [...]

The only internally accessible Corinthian column in the World – is it a nonsense ?

The Browne-Clayton Monument is the only internally accessible Corinthian column in the World and thus is a unique architectural landmark. It was built between 1839 - 41 and stands over 94 ft high on Carrigadaggan [...]

Ireland’s finest 17th century building is now the Irish Museum of Modern Art

The Royal Hospital is located in Kilmainham in Dublin City. It 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 [...]

The largest smock windmill in Europe, and the rise and fall of the Roe Whiskey Distillery

This former windmill, now known as St Patrick's Tower, was the largest smock windmill in Europe and was used to power the Roe Distillery on Thomas Street in Dublin. George Roe and Company had it's [...]

The largest fortified medieval tower house in Ireland on the edge of The Pale

This national monument is Ardee Castle located on the main street of Ardee in county Louth. It is the largest fortified medieval tower house in Ireland. The original structure on this site was founded by [...]

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, extreme monasticism but don’t mention Star Wars!

The Rock of Cashel is one of the most striking monuments in Ireland and has some of the finest collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture in Europe. The site includes St Cormac's beautiful Romanesque [...]

UNESCO World Heritage Site – Europe’s greatest collection of Megalithic Art in one location

Knowth is Ireland's most spectacular complex of prehistoric passage tombs. This World Heritage site dates from about 3000 b.c and is not only the largest of the three great passage tombs in the Boyne Valley [...]

The longest pub with the longest continuous bar counter in Ireland

The Hole in the Wall Pub claims to be the longest pub in Ireland and has the longest continuous bar counter. It was originally a coach house and dates to the mid 1650's. During these [...]

Ireland’s most famous Dolmen & the hole of sorrows

The Poulnabrone Dolmen is located near the townland of Caherconnell in co.Clare. This national monument dates from approx 3600 b.c and it's timeless simplicity has made it one of the most photographed landmarks in Ireland. [...]

The last great stone Cathedral to be built in Europe

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 [...]

Regarded as Ireland’s most beautiful High Cross

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 [...]

The longest river in Ireland & Great Britain has an ancient monster in it

The River Shannon is 360 km (224 miles) and is by far the longest river in Ireland and is named after the Celtic goddess, Sionna. It's source is the Culicagh Mountain in co. Cavan and [...]

Once voted second most beautiful beach in the World by the Observer

Ballymastocker Bay is a spectacular Blue Flag beach located on the Fanad Peninsula in county Donegal. It was once voted the 2nd most beautiful in the World by readers of the Observer Magazine (pipped to [...]

Ireland’s most northerly bar – next stop Iceland

Farren's Bar holds the claim to being Ireland's most northerly pub on the mainland. According to online blogs...it apparently has stools along the bar which are full of all day drinkers (legends). It has the [...]

Why are there 4 lighthouses at the most easterly point of Ireland?

Wicklow Head Lighthouse was built in 1781 and was originally part of a pair. Their architect, John Trail had previously designed the Grand Canal in Dublin and was given the task to construct 2 lighthouses [...]

The most photographed castle in Ireland and a generous King

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

The last walled city to be built in Europe

Not only is Derry the last walled city to be built in Europe, it is also the first planned city to be built in Ireland, the only complete walled city in Ireland and the walls [...]

voted the World’s leading tourist attraction

This incredible piece of architecture is Titanic Belfast which was designed by the American born architect Eric Kuhne and built by Harcourt Developments. This world class visitor attraction is now the 2nd most visited in [...]

Europe’s heavyweight champion of dolmens

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 [...]

Ireland’s, Europe’s and possibly the World’s oldest pub

Sean's Bar is located in Athlone in co.Westmeath. This is not only the oldest bar in Ireland, but also in Europe and possibly the World dating from 900 a.d. This was officially certified by The [...]

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 [...]

Ireland’s highest mountain

Carrantuohill in co. Kerry is Ireland's highest mountain standing at 1,038 m or 3,406 ft. It is the central peak of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks range and is topped by a large metal cross.It is classed as [...]

Ireland’s most northerly point, oldest rocks and most shipwrecks & Europe’s highest sand dunes

Banba's Crown is located in Malin Head in co.Donegal and is Ireland's most northerly building on the mainland. It was named 'Banba' after the mythological patron goddess of Ireland. It was built by the British [...]

The earliest stone castle to be built in Ireland and one the largest Norman castles in Europe

Trim Castle is not only the earliest stone castle to be built in Ireland but is also the largest Norman Castle in Europe. It was built in 1176 by Hugh de Lacy and his son [...]

Ireland’s highest waterfall & King George IV’s near escape

The Powerscourt Waterfall is located in Powerscourt Estate in co.Wicklow. It is Ireland's highest at 121m or 398ft and the estate is one of Ireland's most beautiful. The area is surrounded by Beech, Oak, Larch, [...]

The oldest operational lighthouse in the World

This national monument is Hook Head Lighthouse. It is located on Hook Head in co.Wexford and is recognised as the oldest operational lighthouse in the World. Tradition states that Dubhán, a missionary monk, may have [...]

The World’s oldest field system buried beneath our feet

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 [...]

Europe’s highest sea cliffs

The Slieve League Cliffs are located in Glencolumcille in co.Donegal. They are among the highest sea cliffs in Europe rising 1972 feet above the Atlantic Ocean ( making them nearly 3 times higher than the famous [...]

500 years older than Newgrange & the best kept archaeological secret in Ireland

Loughcrew dates from 3300 b.c and is one of our most important and impressive megalithic sites. 'Cairn T' is estimated to be 500 years older than Newgrange and is located on a hilltop at nearly 800 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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