national monuments

A colourful castle in a spectacular location, Marilyn Monroe and evictions

Glenveagh Castle is located in the stunning Glenveagh National Park in co.Donegal. It was built between 1867 and 1873 by Captain John Adair who tried to recreate a castle retreat better than Balmoral. He was also responsible [...]

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

Castledermot, co.Kildare packs a punch for historical buildings. This small town takes it's name from 'Diseart Diarmad' meaning 'Dermot's Hermitage'. It must have been a very important ecclesiastical centre as there are many fine ruins [...]

Clonmines Medieval Borough, Wellington Bridge. co.Wexford c.13th-16th centuries

This interesting site is one of the best preserved and much over-looked medieval towns in Ireland. Clonmines probably began it's life as a Norman settlement established by William Marshall in the 13th century as an [...]

Norman Motte or 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!

This NATIONAL MONUMENT is Roscrea Castle built in 1281 & within the ground is Damer House built in 1730. The original motte and bailey fortification on this site was built in 1213 and was known [...]

Still standing after 6000 years

This NATIONAL MONUMENT is the Gaulstown Dolmen located in Gaulstown. co.Waterford. It dates to c.4000 - 3500 b.c and is regarded as one of the finest dolmens in Ireland. It's name is derived from the name [...]

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 but don’t mention Star Wars!

Sceilig Mhichíl- 'Michael's Rock in the Sea' is an incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located 13 km off the Kerry coastline at an altitude of 600 feet and is one of the most dramatic examples [...]

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, Carrowmore. co.Sligo 4600>1000 b.c

Carrowmore is the largest megalithic cemetery in Ireland and amongst the oldest in Europe. It is believed that there may have been over 100 monuments on this site but only 30 have survived as the [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

100 year old nuns attacked, stripped and beaten here

Burrishoole Friary is located in Newport. co.Mayo. It was founded in 1470 by Richard de Burgo of Turlough and is now classified as a national monument. De Burgo was an ancestor of Risdeárd an Iarainn [...]

The first Gothic arch built in Ireland & Game of Thrones location

Inch Abbey was established as a Cistercian house by John de Courcy and his wife Affrica in 1177 as an act of repentance for the destruction of the Abbey at Erinagh. This State Care National [...]

One of Ireland’s most historic Cathedrals, Lots of relics and a mummified cat & rat

Christ Church Cathedral, founded in c.1028 is one of the finest historical buildings in Ireland. Sitric Silkbeard, (the first Christian Danish king) built a wooden church here in c.1028 as this location was the most [...]

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 [...]

A 1500 year dry stone walled fort built on a lake

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.d and was probably built as a place [...]

One of Ireland’s most beautiful and oldest portal tombs

The beautiful Kilclooney Dolmen located in Kilclooney co.Donegal dates from c 3500 b.c and is regarded as one of the finest examples of a portal tomb in the country. It's impressive capstone measures 13 wide, [...]

The earliest stone castle to be built in Ireland and one the largest Norman castles in Europe

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

A fine wedge tomb with triple walls overlooking Dublin

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 where the largest number of troops were ever deployed on an Irish battlefield

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

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

Monea Castle is located in the parish of Monea in co.Fermanagh. it was built in 1618 by Rev. Malcom Hamilton and is one of the best preserved Scottish styled plantation castles in Northern Ireland. It's [...]

A bloody history on the night before Christmas

Tully Castle is located in Derrygonnelly in co.Fermanagh. It was built in 1612 for a Scottish planter called Sir John Hume and has a bloody history. It is a fortified tower house with 4 rectangular corner [...]

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

St Mura's Cross is located in the ancient monastery of Fahan in co.Donegal. This rare 'slab' type cross are generally believed to be the precursor to the typical Celtic Irish High Crosses that people associate [...]

One of the finest burial chambers in Northern 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 is located near Jonesborough in co. Armagh. it dates to 700 a.d and is one of the earliest datable stone monuments in Ireland. It stands 2 metres tall in a field and [...]

UNESCO World Heritage Site with the oldest clock in the World

Newgrange is by far the most famous of all Ireland's monuments. It is part of a complex of at least 35 similar type monuments built along a bend of the River Boyne known collectively as Brú [...]

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

This national monument is the impressive Dunsoghly Castle located in St Margarets in north county Dublin. It is one of the few 15th century fortified tower houses in Ireland to have survived intact. It consists of [...]

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 [...]

A 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 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 [...]

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, extreme monasticism but don’t mention Star Wars!

The Rock of Cashel is one of the most striking monuments in Ireland and has some of the finest collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture in Europe. The site includes St Cormac's beautiful Romanesque [...]

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

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 it's strong walls made it virtually [...]

Our greatest mythological warrior tied and bound himself to this stone

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

A castle in transition – guns and flowerboxes

This National Monument is Portumna Castle located in Portumna co.Galway. It was built in 1618 and is regarded as a very interesting example of Irish architecture in the transition between the medieval fortified tower house [...]

One of Ireland’s most iconic buildings

This National Monument is the Gallarus Oratory. It is located near Gallarus on the Dingle Peninsula in co. Kerry and is one of Ireland's most iconic buildings. It's simple and stunning shape has been compared [...]

A 5000 years old passage tomb with a smiley face inside

This national monument is the Fourknocks Passage Tomb located in county Meath. It dates to 3000 b.c and it's name may derive from the Irish word ‘Fuair Cnocs’ that translates to ‘cold hills’ or it just [...]

The oldest operational lighthouse in the World

This national monument is Hook Head Lighthouse. It is located on Hook Head in co.Wexford and is recognised as the oldest operational lighthouse in the World. Tradition states that Dubhán, a missionary monk, may have [...]

4500 year old dolmen in the middle of a housing estate

This Dolmen is located in Ballybrack in south co. Dublin. It dates for approx 2500b.c and the capstone  has beautiful shiny quartz mixed through it. It measures 5 foot X 5 foot and probably weighs [...]

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