Military

An excellent example of an early Irish Cistercian Monastery

Boyle Abbey, Boyle. County Roscommon         1161 -  1592 Boyle Abbey was the first Cistercian monastery founded in the Province of Connacht. It was established in 1161 under the patronage of the MacDermotts [...]

A Napoleonic Gun Battery at the scene of the Flight of the Earls

Rathmullan Gun Battery built in 1810 is located in Rathmullan. co.Donegal. It was built in 1810 during the Napoleonic Wars to help defend Ireland against a possible French Invasion. This beautiful seaside village located on [...]

One of the largest and finest British military installations in Ireland

Charles Fort is located in a spectacular location over looking the Kinsale Bay in co.Cork. It was built in 1682. It is a classic example of a late 17th century star-shaped fort and one of the largest military [...]

Fought over by the Maguires, the O’Donnells, the O’Neills and the British

Enniskillen Castle, Enniskillen. County Fermanagh          c. 1460 - 1800 Enniskillen Castle in co. Fermanagh is situated at a strategic location on Lough Erne on a site that commands one of the few passes into Ulster. [...]

Location of The Battle of the Boyne

This is the location where The Battle of the Boyne took place between King William of Orange and his father-in-law, King James II. It was was fought on 1 July 1690 at Oldbride in co.Louth [...]

A vintage radio museum & Napoleon

This is Howth Martello Tower located in Howth. north co.Dublin. It was built in 1805 and is strategically positioned overlooking Howth Harbour and out beyond to Ireland's Eye. The fear of an invasion by Napoleon [...]

Conflict resolution, German prisoners of war and the United Irishmen

The Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation was originally constructed by the British Army as a barracks in 1806. They were built in response to the Irish Rebellion of 1798 and the French Wars of [...]

One of 39 Martellos still standing & views out to Lambay Island

This is tower no.6 Balcarrick located on Portrane Beach in north co.Dublin. It was built in 1804 to thwart any plans Napoleon had to invade these islands. In 1803 an Act of Parliament to make [...]

Ancient island near the stars

Dalkey Island lies less than 300 metres off the south Dublin coastline near the village of Dalkey. This 22 acre island has been occupied for 6000 years and has stunning views in all directions. There are [...]

A unique Napoleonic fort on the Shannon

This odd and unique looking building is the Old Fort at Shannonbridge in co.Offaly. It was built in 1810 at this strategic location on the Shannon River. At the turn of the nineteenth century there [...]

One of the largest barracks in Europe, Michael Collins & rare collections

Collins Barracks is located on Arbour Hill in Dublin City on a site originally ear-marked for a mansion for The Duke of Ormond. It was built in 1702 and was one of the largest barracks [...]

Drogheda’s most prominent & strategic location, an ancient burial chamber & 1922

Millmount Martello Tower is located in Drogheda in county Louth. This is Drogheda's most dominant feature and it's most strategic location. Legend says it is the burial place of Amhairghin, a mythical Celtic poet and [...]

A much overlooked building in Phoenix Park, James Gandon & The Irish Army

This is The Irish Army Headquarters built in 1786 as the Royal Military Infirmary by the designs of James Gandon.

Designed to communicate to the Martellos

The Telegraph Tower is located on Dalkey Hill in south county Dublin. It was built in 1807 and was used for communicating with all the other Martello Towers along the coast and also for signalling to [...]

A bomb & torpedo proof family home with a great view!

This Martello tower was built in 1805 as part of the British strategy in Ireland to prevent a  French invasion. The Martello tower design was copied by the British from a tower in Sicily and [...]

Military barracks, MTV & Derry’s new cultural hub

The Clocktower Building is part of the Ebrington Barracks in Derry City that was used for soldiers' quarters and a military hospital. This site was originally known as 'Stronge's Orchard' and saw it's first action [...]

Napoleon, St Patrick’s landing point & Rocky islands

This is one of 2 Martello Towers in Skerries. This area has extensive views up north to the Mourne Mountains and down south as far as Howth and so therefore is a perfect vantage point [...]

A powder magazine, Johnathan Swift & The Christmas Raid

Magazine Fort is located on the south side of Phoenix Park. This is the location where a house called Phoenix Lodge once stood. In 1734 the house was knocked down and the Duke of Dorset [...]

One of the most strategically important forts in Ireland, Wolfe Tone & Lough Swilly

Dunree Fort, Dunree. County Donegal         1798 Dunree Fort is strategically situated near the mouth of Lough Swilly in an area of stunning natural beauty. It has been attacked many times over the years by nearly [...]

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