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A colourful castle in a spectacular location, Marilyn Monroe and evictions

By | December 9th, 2017|Categories: Castles & Tower Houses 1350 - 1850 ad, co. Donegal, Curious Ireland, Heritage Sites, National Monuments, The Victorian era 1840 - 1910, Ulster|Tags: , , |

Glenveagh Castle is located in the stunning Glenveagh National Park in co.Donegal. It was built between 1867 and 1873 by Captain John Adair who tried to recreate a castle retreat better than Balmoral. He was also responsible [...]

An ancient passage tomb with some of the finest vistas in Ireland

By | May 24th, 2017|Categories: co. Wicklow, Latest Additions, Leinster, National Monuments, Stone to Iron Age 4000 bc - 500ad|Tags: , , |

Seefin Passage Tomb, Kilbride. co.Wicklow c.3300-3000 b.c  is a NATIONAL MONUMENT. It was built around 5000 years ago on a 650m high mountain in North Wicklow. It's name in Irish (Suidh Fhionn) means "The Seat [...]

The site of the 7th century monastery, a Cistercian Abbey & a Convent

By | April 6th, 2017|Categories: co. Kildare, Georgian 1720 > 1840, Leinster, Monuments & Curiosities|Tags: |

Moore Abbey, Monasterevin. co.Kildare was built in 1767. This was originally the site of the 7th century monastery of St Evin. In the 12th century it became a rich and powerful Cistercian Monastery and after [...]

Site of the earliest known Irish Parliament & the oldest intact stone window in Western Europe

By | April 4th, 2017|Categories: Celtic Crosses 700>1100, co. Kildare, Curious Ireland, Early Christian Churches 400 - 1100 ad, Leinster, Monastic Houses1100-1500, Monuments & Curiosities, National Monuments, Norman Castles & Mottes 1170 - 1320, Normans, Round Towers 900 - 1100 ad|Tags: , , , |

Castledermot, co.Kildare packs a punch for historical buildings. This small town takes it's name from 'Diseart Diarmad' meaning 'Dermot's Hermitage'. It must have been a very important ecclesiastical centre as there are many fine ruins [...]

‘Possibly’ the most beautiful tea room in Ireland with the greatest cause

By | March 22nd, 2017|Categories: co.Kerry, Monuments & Curiosities, Munster, The Victorian era 1840 - 1910|Tags: , , |

Deenagh Lodge, Killarney. co.Kerry was built in 1834 as a cottage orne. It is located at the entrance to Killarney National Park beside the Deenagh River. It was built using the local river reed which [...]

Ireland’s finest surviving medieval banqueting hall – party time

By | March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Castles & Tower Houses 1350 - 1850 ad, co. Limerick, Curious Ireland, Heritage Sites, Munster, National Monuments, Norman Castles & Mottes 1170 - 1320, Normans|Tags: , |

This NATIONAL MONUMENT is Desmond Hall located in Newcastle West. co.Limerick. It was built between the 13th & 15th centuries. This area preserves many of Ireland's surviving medieval halls which were used by the Earls [...]

One of the largest stone circles in south west Ireland located in Kenmare Town

By | January 14th, 2017|Categories: co.Kerry, Curious Ireland, Latest Additions, Munster, Stone to Iron Age 4000 bc - 500ad|Tags: , |

Kenmare Stone Circle was built about c.2500-1000 b.c It is located 5 minutes walk from the centre of the town and is locally known as the 'The Shrubberies'. It is one of the largest stone [...]

Blarney and Irish Accents

By | December 8th, 2016|Categories: Curious Ireland|

videos on the DNA of the Irish

By | December 8th, 2016|Categories: Curious Ireland|

One of the largest, tallest and most spectacular dolmens in Ireland

By | December 8th, 2016|Categories: co. Kilkenny, Curious Ireland, Latest Additions, Leinster, National Monuments, Stone to Iron Age 4000 bc - 500ad|Tags: , |

This NATIONAL MONUMENT is the Kilmogue or 'Harristown' dolmen. It was constructed between c.3000-4000 b.c and is located near the village of Mullinvat in co. Kilkenny. It's name 'Kilmogue' derives from 'Mog's Church' referring to the [...]