national monuments

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 [...]

One of the finest and largest Neolithic court tombs in Ireland

Creevykeel Court Tomb, Creevykeel. County Sligo       c. 4000 – 2500 b. c. The Creevykeel Court Tomb is regarded as one of the finest examples of a full-court tomb in Ireland. This national monument is in [...]

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

Sligo Abbey, Sligo Town, County Sligo       1252 Sligo Abbey is located right in the middle of Sligo Town. It was built by Maurice Fitzgerald for the Dominicans in 1252 and includes a great [...]

An Island paradise, World famous gardens & friendly seals

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

Evictions, Classy parties and a hunting estate to rival Balmoral

Glenveagh Castle, Glenveagh National Park. County Donegal     1867 Glenveagh Castle was built in 1867 by John George Adair, a wealthy land speculator from Co. Laois. His dream was to create a beautiful hunting estate [...]

Site of the earliest known Irish Parliament & The oldest intact stone window in Western Europe

Castledermot, County Kildare    7th – 18th century a. d.    Castledermot packs a big punch for having historical buildings. This small town was originally called 'Diseart Diarmad'; meaning 'Dermot's Hermitage'. This was once a very [...]

One of the best preserved and much over-looked medieval towns in Ireland

Clonmines, Bannow Bay. County Wexford        14th - 16th centuries Clonmines probably began it's life as a Norman settlement established by William Marshall in the 13th century as an alternative port to New [...]

A Norman motte or an ancient passage tomb ?

This NATIONAL MONUMENT is Ninch Barrow Mound located in Laytown. co.Meath. It possibly dates from approx c.400 a.d and stands nearly 20 feet high with a diameter of 75 feet. It resembles a Norman motte [...]

The ancient starting point for pilgrims for climbing Croke Patrick

This NATIONAL MONUMENT is Murrisk Abbey in co.Mayo. It was founded 1456 by the Augustinian Friars on the site of a former church reputedly founded by St Patrick. It is located near to foot of Croagh [...]

The National Famine Memorial depicting a coffin ship with skeletons in the rigging

The National Famine Memorial is located in Murrisk. co.Mayo. It sits at the foot of Croagh Patrick and commands panoramic views over the landscape of Clew Bay. This striking sculpture was crafted by John Behan [...]

Attacked, Burnt and Destroyed – Everyone killed except one!

Roscrea Castle, Roscrea. County Tipperary         1281 This National Monument is Roscrea Castle. This was originally the site of a motte and bailey fortification known as King John's Castle. It was not until 1281 that a [...]

A 6000 year old stunner & The Hill of the Hag

Gaulstown Dolmen, Gaulstown. County Waterford   c. 4000 - 3500 b. c. This national monument is The Gaulstown Dolmen. It is located in south county Waterford and dates to c.4000 – 3500 b.c. It is regarded [...]

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 [...]

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Extreme monasticism & Star Wars!

Skellig Michael. County Kerry        c. 6th – 13th century a. d. Skellig Michael or ‘Michael’s Rock in the Sea’ is an incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located 13 km off the Kerry coastline [...]

The largest megalithic cemetery in Ireland & amongst the oldest in Europe

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery is located a few miles south of the town of Sligo. It is the largest megalithic cemetery in Ireland and amongst the oldest in Europe dating back to 4600 b.c. It is [...]

A Norman castle, The Nugents & An ancient trading route

Delvin Castle is located in the middle of Delvin village in county Westmeath. This was once a sturdy Norman castle with a square block in the middle and 4 corner cylindrical towers. It was built in 1310 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

One of the great houses of Ireland with exquisite interiors and furniture

Florence Court located near Enniskillen was the former home of 'The Earls of Enniskillene' and is regarded as one of the great houses of Ireland. It was built in 1755 and is a fascinating example [...]

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 [...]

One of the finest and strongest Gaelic castles in Ireland

Donegal Castle, Donegal Town. County Donegal 1474 Donegal Castle was built by Hugh Roe O'Donnell and is regarded as one of the finest and strongest Gaelic castles in Ireland. It consists of a 15th-century rectangular [...]

One of the best preserved Scottish styled plantation castles in Northern Ireland

Monea Castle, Monea. County Fermanagh        1618 The Plantation of Ulster in the early 17th Century was an attempt by the English monarchy to take control of the troublesome province of Ulster. After attempts by Queen [...]

A bloody history on the night before Christmas

Tully Castle, Derrygonnelly. County Fermanagh     1612 Tully Castle is a fortified tower house with 4 rectangular corner towers and is located on a beautiful location on the shores of Upper Lough Erne. It was built [...]

Exquisite early slab cross with Greek inscriptions located in an ancient monastery

St Mura's Cross, Fahan. County Donegal      c. 7th or 8th century a. d. St Mura’s Cross is located in an ancient monastic site in Fahan, county Donegal. This rare 'slab' type cross is generally believed [...]

One of the finest ancient burial chambers in the North of Ireland

Clontygora Court Tomb is located near Flagstaff in co. Armagh. it dates from approx c.3500 b.c and is one of the finest burial chambers in Northern Ireland. It is locally known as the “King’s Ring” [...]

The earliest dateable stone monument in Ireland

Kilnasaggart Pillar Stone, Jonesborough. County Armagh    700 a.d. The Kilnasaggart Pillar Stone dates to 700 a. d. and is one of the earliest datable stone monuments in Ireland. It stands 6 feet tall and the [...]

UNESCO World Heritage Site, A masterpiece in engineering & The oldest clock in the World

Newgrange, Bru na Boinne. County Meath          c. 3200 b. c. Newgrange is by far the most famous of all Ireland's ancient monuments. It is part of a complex of at least 35 similar type monuments built [...]

The last original wooden roof of a castle to survive in Ireland

 Dunsoghly Castle, St Margarets, County Dublin     15th century Dunsoglhy Castle is located on private land at the very end of the runway of Dublin Airport. It is one of the few 15th century fortified tower [...]

The first stone built church in Ireland

Duleek Church in co. Meath was built in the 6th or 7th century a.d and is reputedly the first stone church to be built in the country. This historic village began as an early Christian [...]

A round tower attached to a church & home of Diarmuid McMorrow

The Round Tower of St Mary's Abbey is located in Ferns. co. Wexford. It dates from the c.12th and stands 60 feet high. The first church at this location was founded in the 7th century [...]

St Columba, Brian Boru and a crumbling round tower

This c.10th round tower and c.14th belfrey are located in the town of Swords in north co.Dublin. The tower stands 26 m high and is instantly recognizable from it's crumbling windows and collapsed cap. It [...]

An Arch-Bishop’s luxury pad, An orchard and The Tudors

Swords Castle is located in the town of Swords in north county Dublin and dates from 1190 a.d. In 1181 John Comyn succeeded Laurence O'Toole as the 1st Anglo-Norman Archbishop of Dublin and it appears [...]

St Bridget, an art school and a hidden Sheela-Na-Gig

St Bridget's Cathedral is located in Kildare Town in county Kildare. It was built c.1230 on the same site that St Brigid founded her nunnery in the 5th century a.d. It is believed that Brigid’s [...]

Discovered in 1941, Dragons Teeth and 1269 tiny standing stones!

The mysterious Beaghmore Stone Circles are located near Cookstown in co. Tyrone, They date to approx 2900 b.c > 1200 b.c. The stones were uncovered by local peat cutters in the 1940s. It is made up [...]

Europe’s largest collection of medieval & Celtic architecture in a single site

The Rock of Cashel, Cashel. County Tipperary      c. 1100 – 1400 a. d. The Rock of Cashel is one of the most striking monuments in Ireland and has some of the finest collections of Celtic [...]

One of the most striking Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland but don’t look out the window

Castle Roche, Dundalk. County Louth           1236 Castle Roche is one of the most striking Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland. It was built in 1236 by the De Verdun family and the steep rocky outcrop along with [...]

Cúchulainn’s Stone

Cúchulainn's Stone (Clochafarmore) is located near the village of Knockbridge in co.Louth. It may date to anytime between 1000 b.c - 500 a.d. According to legend, the mortally wounded Cúchulainn bound himself to this 10 [...]

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