national monuments

Clew Bay Archeology Trail, Clew Bay. County Mayo

2020-04-29T17:40:49+00:00

6000 years of spectacular history and heritage   Clew Bay is one of the most spectacular sea inlets in Ireland that has attracted human settlement for at least 6000 years. The Clew Bay Archaeological Trail [...]

Clew Bay Archeology Trail, Clew Bay. County Mayo2020-04-29T17:40:49+00:00

Boyle Abbey, Boyle. County Roscommon  1161-1592

2020-04-29T13:57:47+00:00

An excellent example of an early Irish Cistercian Monastery Boyle Abbey was established in 1161 under the patronage of the MacDermotts and was completed in 1218. It was the first Cistercian monastery founded [...]

Boyle Abbey, Boyle. County Roscommon  1161-15922020-04-29T13:57:47+00:00

Sligo Abbey, Sligo Town. County Sligo 1252

2020-05-06T14:01:22+00:00

The only sculptured 15th century altar to survive in Ireland Sligo Abbey is located right in the middle of Sligo Town. It was built by Maurice Fitzgerald for the Dominicans in 1252 and [...]

Sligo Abbey, Sligo Town. County Sligo 12522020-05-06T14:01:22+00:00

Garinish Island, Glengarriff. County Cork

2020-05-07T12:40:49+00:00

An island paradise, World famous gardens & friendly seals Garinish Island, also known as 'Ilnacullin' or 'Island of holly’ in Irish, is located in the sheltered harbor of Glengarriff in west Cork. The [...]

Garinish Island, Glengarriff. County Cork2020-05-07T12:40:49+00:00

Castledermot, County Kildare 10th-18th centuries

2020-05-04T12:00:54+00:00

site of the earliest known Irish Parliament & The oldest intact stone window in western Europe This small town was originally called 'Diseart Diarmad'; meaning 'Dermot's Hermitage'. This was once a very important [...]

Castledermot, County Kildare 10th-18th centuries2020-05-04T12:00:54+00:00

Murrisk Abbey, Murrisk. County Mayo 1456

2020-05-08T09:13:43+00:00

the ancient starting point for pilgrims to climb Croagh Patrick  Murrisk Abbey in County Mayo was founded 1456 by the Augustinian Friars on the site of a former church reputedly founded by St [...]

Murrisk Abbey, Murrisk. County Mayo 14562020-05-08T09:13:43+00:00

Charles Fort, Kinsale. County Cork 1682

2020-04-29T17:58:09+00:00

One of the largest and finest British military installations in Ireland Charles Fort is a classic example of a late 17th-century star-shaped fort and is was one of the largest British military installations [...]

Charles Fort, Kinsale. County Cork 16822020-04-29T17:58:09+00:00

Delvin Castle, Delvin. County Westmeath 1310

2020-04-28T22:07:40+00:00

Loyal Kings men, The Nugents & An ancient trading route Delvin Castle is located right in the middle of Delvin village in County Westmeath. This was once a sturdy Norman castle with a [...]

Delvin Castle, Delvin. County Westmeath 13102020-04-28T22:07:40+00:00

Mussenden Temple, Castlerock. County Derry 1785

2020-04-29T13:44:37+00:00

One of Northern Ireland's most iconic and photographed buildings  The Mussenden Temple was built in 1785 and forms part of the estate of Frederick Augustus Hervey 'the Earl Bishop', Bishop of Derry and [...]

Mussenden Temple, Castlerock. County Derry 17852020-04-29T13:44:37+00:00

Burrishoole Friary, Newport. County Mayo 1468

2020-05-08T09:15:34+00:00

100-year-old nuns attacked, stripped and beaten here 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 [...]

Burrishoole Friary, Newport. County Mayo 14682020-05-08T09:15:34+00:00

Inch Abbey, Downpatrick, County Down 1180

2020-05-03T17:47:16+00:00

Ireland's first Gothic arch & Game of Thrones  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 [...]

Inch Abbey, Downpatrick, County Down 11802020-05-03T17:47:16+00:00

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin City 1172

2020-05-06T13:22:10+00:00

One of Ireland's most historic buildings, The 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 [...]

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin City 11722020-05-06T13:22:10+00:00

Fore Abbey, Fore. County Westmeath 1180

2020-05-05T17:57:27+00:00

One of Ireland's finest Benedictine Abbeys & 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, [...]

Fore Abbey, Fore. County Westmeath 11802020-05-05T17:57:27+00:00

The Athcarne Cross, Balrath. County Meath 1675 

2020-05-01T13:27:50+00:00

A unique cross embodying both Renaissance and Baroque influences This cross, now a national monument, was erected circa 1675 as a memorial to Sir Luke Bathe and his wife, Dame Cecilia Dowdall, who [...]

The Athcarne Cross, Balrath. County Meath 1675 2020-05-01T13:27:50+00:00

Narrow Water Castle, Warrenpoint. County Down 1560

2020-05-03T18:07:35+00:00

One of the best-preserved fortified tower-houses in Ireland Narrow Water Castle is located just outside the town of Warrenpoint on the banks of Carlingford Lough. It is regarded as one of the best-preserved [...]

Narrow Water Castle, Warrenpoint. County Down 15602020-05-03T18:07:35+00:00

Trim Castle, Trim, County Meath 1176

2020-04-29T17:31:08+00:00

The earliest and one the largest Norman castles in Europe, Braveheart & Hugh de Lacy Trim Castle is not only the earliest stone castle to be built in Ireland but also one of [...]

Trim Castle, Trim, County Meath 11762020-04-29T17:31:08+00:00

Monea Castle, Monea, County Fermanagh 1618

2020-05-06T15:48:37+00:00

One of the best-preserved Scottish styled plantation castles in Northern Ireland The Plantation of Ulster in the early 17th century was an attempt by the English monarchy to take control of the troublesome [...]

Monea Castle, Monea, County Fermanagh 16182020-05-06T15:48:37+00:00

St Mura’s Cross, Fahan. County Donegal 7th century

2020-04-29T07:28:31+00:00

An exquisite early slab cross with Greek inscriptions  St Mura’s Cross is located in an ancient monastic site in Fahan, County Donegal. This rare 'slab' type cross is generally believed to be the [...]

St Mura’s Cross, Fahan. County Donegal 7th century2020-04-29T07:28:31+00:00

Swords Castle, Swords. County Dublin 1190

2020-04-26T13:26:00+00:00

An Arch-Bishop's private getaway, An orchard & 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 [...]

Swords Castle, Swords. County Dublin 11902020-04-26T13:26:00+00:00

Castle Roche, Dundalk. County Louth 1236

2020-04-30T11:56:26+00:00

One of Ireland's most striking Anglo-Norman castles 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 [...]

Castle Roche, Dundalk. County Louth 12362020-04-30T11:56:26+00:00
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