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

By | March 29th, 2018|Categories: co. Sligo, Connaught, Heritage Sites, Monastic Houses1100-1500, National Monuments|Tags: , |

Sligo Abbey, located in Sligo Town, was built by Maurice Fitzgerald for the Dominicans in 1252. The site contains a great wealth of carvings including Gothic and Renaissance tomb sculpture, well preserved cloisters and the [...]

World famous gardens, Friendly seals & An island paradise

By | February 10th, 2018|Categories: co. Cork, Curious Ireland, Heritage Sites, Islands, Latest Additions, Munster, National Monuments, The Victorian era 1840 - 1910|Tags: , , , |

Garinish Island also known as 'Ilnacullin' or 'Island of Holly' is located in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay in west Cork. The micro climate in this bay is caused by the warmer currents [...]

A castle to rival Balmoral 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 is located on a hilltop 1700 feet above sea level near Kilbride in county Wicklow. This national monument dates to somewhere between 3300 to 3000 b.c. The tomb's name in Irish 'Suidh [...]

Once the site of a 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 Ireland’s most beautiful tea room with a great cause to have a cuppa

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 best preserved 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|