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104, 2015

A castle under constant attack, The Red Earl & A dodgy location!

Ballinafad Castle is located in Ballinafad in county Sligo. It 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 (or dodgy!) location that controlled the […]

1602, 2015

One of Northern Ireland’s most iconic and photographed buildings is falling off a cliff

The Mussenden Temple was built in 1785 and forms part of the estate of Frederick Augustus Hervey ‘the Earl Bishop’, Bishop of Derry and Earl of Bristol. It is perched dramatically on a 120 ft cliff top, high above the […]

2001, 2015

Battle of the Boyne, Spectre’s, dying soldiers & blood covered hands

This foreboding looking building is Athcarne Castle located in Balrath co. Meath.  It was built for William Bathe in 1590. The Bathe family produced a number of well known legal and political personalities around the 16th and 17th century. It […]

712, 2014

An Irish or Norman castle? Wolfe Tone, The Armada and the O’Doherty Clan

O’Doherty’s Keep, Buncrana. County Donegal         c. 1300

This interesting little building is locally known as O’ Doherty’s Keep. Its date of construction is unknown. It resembles a fortified tower house from the 15th century but recent excavations believe it may be […]

911, 2014

The House of Tua, 2 buildings separated by a 1000 years & Ultan the Silent

Taghadoe Round Tower, Taghadoe. co.Kildare c.10th Century. This place derives its name from ‘Teach Tua’, meaning ‘House of Tua’. St Tua, also known as Ultan the Silent, was the Abbot of Clonmacnoise who founded the monastery here. Little is known […]

811, 2014

One of our earliest Norman castles and one of the most continuously ‘lived-in’ buildings in Ireland

Leixlip Castle was built in 1172 by Adam de Hereford, a follower of Strongbow, one year after the Norman Invasion of Ireland. This is one of the oldest continuously-inhabited buildings in Ireland. Leixlip means ‘salmon leap’ in Irish and its […]

111, 2014

37 owners so far including Eric Clapton

Barberstown Castle is located in Straffan. co.Kildare. It was built around c.1500 on the grounds of an earlier Norman castle built by Nicholas Barby in 1288. Over the next 800 years it has passed into the ownership of 37 different […]

111, 2014

Ireland’s last hermit

The Anchorite Cell Chapel, Fore. County Westmeath            1830

This little church is known as The Anchorite Cell Chapel and is part of the Fore Abbey complex. The original monastery here was founded by St Feichin in 630 and later expanded to […]

2909, 2014

The Tart with the Cart

The Molly Malone Statue was designed by Jeanne Rynhart and based on a popular song of a 17th century fictional character to celebrate Dublin’s first millennium in 1988. It tells the tale of a fishmonger who is typically represented as […]

2809, 2014

One of the GREAT passage tombs of Ireland

Dowth, which means ‘darkness’, is one of the 3 principle passage tombs of the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site (The other 2 being Newgrange and Knowth). It dates from c.2500 b.c and shares a solar alignment with neighbouring Newgrange […]

1609, 2014

134 bodies of the Luftwaffe lie here

The German Military Cemetery, Glencree. County Wicklow

This cemetery was originally a quarry owned by Lord Powerscourt to supply the nearby military barracks of Glencree. Although Ireland positioned itself neutral during the Second World War, some Germans were killed in action […]

1509, 2014

100 year old nuns attacked, stripped and beaten here

Burrishoole Friary, Newport. County Mayo         1470

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 the friary as a friar […]

1509, 2014

One of Waterford’s most famous landmarks with great timing

The Clock Tower is located on Waterford Quays in Waterford City. It was built in 1863 when Waterford was Ireland’s busiest industrial port. It had the largest ship building yards in the country (before being surpassed by Belfast) and traded […]

1309, 2014

Ireland’s only purpose-built medieval museum and the only building to incorporate two medieval chambers

The Medieval Museum Waterford, Waterford City     2013

This stunning new museum brings Waterford’s fascinating history to life and is Ireland’s only purpose-built medieval museum. It is also the only building on the island to incorporate two medieval chambers: the 13th century […]

1309, 2014

One of Ireland’s most exquisite Georgian staircases

Port of Waterford Company Building is located in Waterford City. It was built in 1790 for the Morris family of Rossduff to the designs of Waterford’s famous Georgian architect John Roberts. It contains one of the most exquisite oval staircases. […]

1209, 2014

Cross design based on St Patrick’s earliest teachings

Dromodonnell Stone Cross in Castlewellan. co Down is a replica of a 10th century cross that once stood in the Drumgooland graveyard until the late 1700s. It was then set into the north gable wall of the Old School House […]

709, 2014

One of the first Gothic arches built in Ireland & Game of Thrones

Inch Abbey, Downpatrick, County Down          1180

Inch Abbey was established as a Cistercian house by John de Courcy and his wife Affreca in 1180 as an act of repentance for the destruction Erinagh Abbey 3 years earlier. There had been […]

709, 2014

An important strategic site for thousands of years

White’s Castle was built in 1417 by Sir John Talbot, Viceroy of Ireland, to protect the inhabitants of Athy from the ‘wild Irish’. This location on the banks of the River Barrow has been an important strategic site for thousands […]

609, 2014

One of Ireland’s most historic buildings, A heart of a Saint and Tom & Jerry

Christchurch is built on the most commanding position in Dublin and is one of the finest historical buildings in Ireland. This location was chosen by Sitric Silkbeard, the first Christian Danish King who built a wooden church here in c. […]

609, 2014

The River of Life or The Floozy in the Jacuzzi

The Anna Livia Sculpture,  The Croppies Memorial Park. Dublin City      1988

The Anna Livia Sculpture was designed by the sculptor Éamonn O’ Doherty and commissioned by businessman Michael Smurfit, in memory of his father for the 1988 Dublin’s Millennium Celebrations. Anna […]