Discover Fascinating Facts & Remarkable Locations

Delvin Castle, Delvin. co.Westmeath c.1310

Located in the middle of Delvin village are the remains of Delvin Castle. This was once a sturdy Norman castle with a square block in the middle and 4 corner cylindrical towers at each corner, similar in style to castles built in western France (also under Norman control at the time). It was built in the 14th century by a […]

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 Curlew Mountains. This route between south Connaught, north Connaght and west Ulster. It was built during the nine years war (1592-1601) by Captain John St […]

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 Atlantic Ocean on the north-western coast of Northern Ireland, offering spectacular views westwards over Downhill Strand towards Magilligan Point and […]

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 originally comprised of an Elizabethan tower house, a three storied mansion and a corner turret but was renovated around 1830 […]

Norman or Irish ? Spanish Armada, Wolfe Tone and the O’Doherty Clan

This interesting little building is known locally as O’Doherty’s Keep. It is located along the estuary of the Crana River in Swan Park, Buncrana co. Donegal. It’s date of construction is unknown as it resembles a fortified tower house from the 15th century but recent excavations believe it may be a corner tower of an undocumented 13th century Norman castle. In […]

A strange mix of buildings on a former monastery dedicated to St Tua

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 of it except that one of its abbots, Folachtach, died here in 765 AD. The tower dates to the 10th […]

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 location on the confluence of the River Liffey and the Rye Water has has marked a frontier since the ancient […]

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 families including William Sutton(1630), Lord Kingstown (1689), Bartholomew Van Homreigh, the Lord Mayor of Dublin (1703), Mr Hugh Barton, the […]

Ireland’s last Hermit

The Anchorite Cell Chapel is located in Fore. co.Westmeath. This little church was built in 1830 and is known as The Anchorite Cell Chapel and is part of the Fore Abbey complex. The original church here was founded by St Feichin in 630 and the abbey later expanded to have up to 300 monks and 2000 students living in it’s […]

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 a hawker by day and part-time prostitute by night. Her low-cut dress and large breasts were justified on the grounds […]

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 during the winter solstice and is also surprisingly of a similar size measuring 90 metres in diameter and 15 metres […]

134 bodies of the Luftwaffe lie here

The German Military Cemetery, located beside the Glencree centre for Peace and Reconciliation in the Wicklow Mountains. This was originally a quarry owned by Lord Powerscourt to supply the nearby military barracks. Although Ireland positioned itself neutral during the war, some Germans were killed in action here from causes such as aircrafts getting lost in foul weather, crashing as a […]