Lovin' Discoverin'

109, 2014

Ireland’s first Obelisk and a dead horse

Stillorgan Obelisk is located on Newtown-Park. co. Dublin. It built in 1727 and is possibly the first obelisk to be built in Ireland. This location was originally on the grounds of Stillorgan Park House owned by Lord Allen who commissioned […]

3008, 2014

An ancient capital, The legend of Emain Macha and a Barbary Macaque

Navan Fort, Armagh. County Armagh         c. 95 b. c.

Navan Fort or ‘Emain Macha’ is located a couple of miles outside the Cathedral City of Armagh. It is one of Ireland’s most important ancient monuments. According to mythology, this was […]

2908, 2014

A grade ‘A’ listed building, A Bishop’s residence & The ancient seat of St. Patrick

The Bishop’s Palace (1770) in Armagh is a beautiful neo-Classical building situated in 300 acres of parkland. This was the residence of the Archbishops of the Church of Ireland from 1770 to 1975. It was built for Archbishop Richard Robinson […]

2808, 2014

Original bronze age tomb surrounded by an Iron age stone circle

This National Monument is The Clogherny Wedge Tomb located near the village of Plumbridge in co. Tyrone. It dates from approx c.2500 b.c and sits in a sparse exposed glaciated valley. It still has it’s large capstone and is unusual because […]

2108, 2014

A magnificent castle built by a renegade Norman & the Time Team

Dundrum Castle, Dundrum, County Down          c. 1200

Dundrum Castle is located in a spectacular setting overlooking Dundrum Bay and the mighty Mourne Mountains. This ancient hilltop site was chosen by John de Courcy sometime around 1172 following his invasion of […]

1707, 2014

One of the best preserved Benedictine Abbeys in Ireland & the 7 wonders of Fore

The beautiful Fore Abbey is located in Fore, co. Westmeath. It was founded in 1180 by the Norman, Hugh de Lacy and is one of the best preserved Benedictine Abbeys in Ireland. The original church on this site was founded […]

1007, 2014

A unique cross embodying both Renaissance and Baroque influences

The Athcarne Cross is located in Balrath. co. Meath and dates from  c.1675.  This national monument was erected circa 1675 as a memorial to Sir Luke Bathe and his wife, Dame Cecilia Dowdall, who lived in the nearby Athcarne Castle. This unique […]

1007, 2014

The Pooka, a spooky disappearance and King James II

These are the ruins of Puck’s Castle, located in south county Dublin. Many of these structures were built around Dublin between 1400 and 1550 to protect the ‘Pale’ from the ‘wild Irish’. Other similar structures in the area include Shankill […]

807, 2014

One of the best preserved 16th-century tower houses in Ireland

Narrow Water Castle is located on the shores of Carlingford Lough on the outskirts of Warrenpoint in county Down. It is regarded as one of the best preserved 16th-century tower houses in Ireland and is now a national monument. This  […]

807, 2014

A 1500 year dry stone walled fort built in a hidden lake

Doon Fort, Doon Lough, Portnoo. County Donegal   c. 5th century a. d.   

Doon Fort is an ancient ring fort hidden away on Doon Lough near the coastal village of Portnoo in co. Donegal. It dates from the 5th century a. […]

307, 2014

One of Ireland’s most beautiful and oldest portal tombs

Kilclooney Dolmen, Kilclooney. County Donegal   c. 3500 – 3000 b. c.

The beautiful Kilclooney Dolmen is regarded as one of the finest examples of a portal tomb in the country. It’s impressive capstone measures 13 feet wide, 20 feet long and […]

2406, 2014

A beautiful and rare example of a late c.17th mansion that stills exists in Ireland

The beautiful Beaulieu House (1680) is located 3 miles from the town of Drogheda in co.Louth. This is a rare example of a late c.17th mansion that stills exists in Ireland without alterations. This was originally the site of a […]

2805, 2014

One of the few moated castles in Ireland

Drimnagh Castle in Drimnagh. co. Dublin was built in 1240. It is one of the few moated castles in Ireland. The original castle here was built around 1240 by a Norman Knight called Hugo de Berneval whose family name was […]

2705, 2014

Once regarded as one of Dublin’s finest residences

Monkstown Castle is located in Monkstown in south co.Dublin. The first castle here was built on a large farm by the Cistercian Monks of St Mary’s Abbey between the 14th and 15th centuries. This area was on the border of […]

2405, 2014

One of the finest early Georgian houses in Ireland containing the oldest piece of Waterford Glass

The Bishop’s Palace in Waterford City was built in 1741 to the designs of the famous architect Richard Cassells (Cassells other works include Westport House, Powercourt House and Russborough House). This was the site of an earlier medieval palace and […]

2405, 2014

Once converted into 3 tenements

Slade Castle, Slade Village. County Wexford   1470

Slade Castle was was built by the Laffin family in the late 1400s. The Laffins were among the first wave of Anglo-Norman colonists to arrive in Ireland after the invasion of 1169 and managed […]

2205, 2014

The earliest and one the largest Norman castles in Europe, Braveheart & Hugh de Lacy

Trim Castle, Trim. County Meath      1176

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

2105, 2014

Remains of an atmospheric wedge tomb overlooking Dublin Bay

The Kilmashogue Wedge Tomb is located half way up the Dublin Mountains near the car park of the Kilmashogue Recreation Area. The tomb dates from about 2000 b.c and would have originally been much larger and covered by a cairn […]

2105, 2014

The official start to the Wicklow Way, a major music venue and a Norman estate

Marlay House is located in 300 acres of the parklands in south Dublin. The origins of this estate can be traced back to the Anglo Norman conquest of Ireland.  The original house here was built by Thomas Taylor and was […]

1605, 2014

A palatial home, secret paths and the original hops used for Guinness

The Cashel Palace Hotel was built in 1732 by Archbishop Theophilus Bolton and was designed by the famous architect Sir Edward Lovett Pearce with a style that mixed  ‘Queen Anne’ and ‘Early Georgian’. The red brick on the front and […]