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One of the ‘BIG 4’ ancient passage tomb cemeteries of Ireland

This NATIONAL MONUMENT is the Carrowkeel Neolithic Cemetery. It is located in Ballymote. co.Sligo and dates way back to c.3400 b.c. This mound on top of this desolate hilltop is one of 14 cairns forming [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Ireland’s most famous (and weirdiest!) folly

The Wonderful Barn, Leixlip. County Kildare         1742 This odd looking structure is The Wonderful Barn. It was commissioned as a famine relief project by Katherine Conolly. Katherine was the widow of William ‘Speaker’ Conolly of [...]

Dublin’s most architecturally important building, James Gandon & The 1921 fire

Custom House Quay was built between 1781 - 1791 and is Dublin's most architecturally important building and is regarded as a masterpiece of European neoclassicism. It was designed by James Gandon (1743 – 1823) who [...]

Two of Ireland’s most iconic buildings, a call to prayer and a village idiot!

Glendalough Round Tower & St. Kevin’s Kitchen, Glendalough. County Wicklow Glendalough Round Tower and St Kevin's Kitchen are located in the beautiful glaciated valley of Glendalough in county Wicklow. These are some of Ireland's most [...]

Ireland’s first and most important Cistercian Abbey

Mellifont Abbey, Tullyallen. County Meath   1142 Mellifont Abbey was founded by St Malachy in 1142. This was the first, the richest and the most important of Ireland's 35 Cistercian abbeys. The Cistercian Order was established [...]

The only internally accessible Corinthian column in the World – is it a nonsense ?

The Browne-Clayton Monument is the only internally accessible Corinthian column in the World and thus is a unique architectural landmark. It was built between 1839 - 41 and stands over 94 ft high on Carrigadaggan [...]

Ireland’s finest 17th century building is now the Irish Museum of Modern Art

The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin City          1684 The Royal Hospital is regarded as the finest 17th-century building in Ireland. It was built in 1684 by Sir William Robinson as a home for retired soldiers and [...]

The largest smock windmill in Europe, and the rise and fall of the Roe Whiskey Distillery

St Patrick’s Tower, Thomas Street. Dublin City  1757 This former windmill, now known as St Patrick's Tower, was the largest smock windmill in Europe and was used to power the Roe Distillery on Thomas Street [...]

The largest fortified medieval tower house in Ireland on the edge of The Pale

This national monument is Ardee Castle located on the main street of Ardee in county Louth. It is the largest fortified medieval tower house in Ireland. The original structure on this site was founded by [...]

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 [...]

The longest pub with the longest continuous bar counter in Ireland

The Hole in the Wall Pub claims to be the longest pub in Ireland and has the longest continuous bar counter. It was originally a coach house and dates to the mid 1650's. During these [...]

Ireland’s most photogenic dolmen & The Hole of Sorrows

The Poulnabrone Dolmen, Caherconnell. County Clare       c. 3600 b. c. The Poulnabrone Dolmen is a national monument and dates from c. 3600 b. c. Its timeless simplicity has made it one of the most photographed [...]

The last great stone Cathedral to be built in Europe

The Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas is more commonly known as Galway Cathedral. This site, on the banks of the Corrib River was originally the site of the old city [...]

Regarded as Ireland’s most beautiful High Cross

Muiredach’s High Cross, Monasterboice, County Louth   c. 9th – 10th century a. d. This is the wonderful Muiredach’s High Cross. It is regarded as the most beautiful Celtic cross in the World and Ireland’s greatest [...]

The longest river in Ireland & Great Britain has an ancient monster in it

The River Shannon is 360 km (224 miles) and is by far the longest river in Ireland and is named after the Celtic goddess, Sionna. It's source is the Culicagh Mountain in co. Cavan and [...]

Once voted second most beautiful beach in the World by the Observer

Ballymastocker Bay, Fanad Peninsula. County Donegal Ballymastocker Bay is also known as Portsalon Beach. This is a truly spectacular Blue Flag beach located on the Fanad Peninsula in north county Donegal. It was once voted [...]

Ireland’s most northerly bar – next stop Iceland

Farren's Bar holds the claim to being Ireland's most northerly pub on the mainland. According to online blogs...it apparently has stools along the bar which are full of all day drinkers (legends). It has the [...]

Why are there 4 lighthouses at the most easterly point of Ireland?

Wicklow Head Lighthouse, Wicklow Head. County Wicklow         1781 Wicklow Head Lighthouse was built in 1781 and was originally part of a pair. Their architect, John Trail had previously designed the Grand Canal in Dublin and [...]

The most photographed castle in Ireland and a generous King

Dunguaire Castle, Kinvarra. County Galway        1520 Dunguaire Castle is located in the beautiful village of Kinvarra in county Galway and is said to be the most photographed castle in Ireland. It was built on a [...]

Recently voted the World’s leading tourist attraction – Riveting stuff

Titanic Belfast, Queens Road, Belfast City           2012 This incredible piece of architecture is Titanic Belfast which was designed by the American born architect Eric Kuhne and built by Harcourt Developments. This world class visitor attraction [...]

Ireland’s, could be Europe’s and possibly the World’s oldest pub!

Sean's Bar is located in Athlone in co.Westmeath. This is not only the oldest bar in Ireland, but also in Europe and possibly the World dating from 900 a.d. This was officially certified by The [...]

Ireland’s highest mountain

Carrantuohill in co. Kerry is Ireland's highest mountain standing at 1,038 m or 3,406 ft. It is the central peak of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks range and is topped by a large metal cross.It is classed as [...]

Ireland’s most northerly point, oldest rocks and most shipwrecks & Europe’s highest sand dunes

Banba's Crown is located in Malin Head in co.Donegal and is Ireland's most northerly building on the mainland. It was named 'Banba' after the mythological patron goddess of Ireland. It was built by the British [...]

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 [...]

Ireland’s highest waterfall & King George IV’s near escape

Powerscourt Waterfall, Powerscourt Estate. County Wicklow   The Powerscourt waterfall is Ireland's highest and arguably most beautiful waterfall with a height of 398 feet. The estate is covered in Beech, Oak, Larch, Pine and even [...]

The oldest operational lighthouse in the World

Hook Head Lighthouse, Hook Head. County Wexford        c. 1200 Hook Head Lighthouse is a national monument and is located on the tip of Hook Head in county Wexford. It is recognised as the oldest operational [...]

The World’s oldest field system

The Ceide Fields are located near Ballycastle in co.Mayo. The Céide Fields are the oldest known and most extensive stone age field systems in the world covering 1,500 hectares. This open air archaeological site is [...]

Europe’s highest sea cliffs

The Slieve League Cliffs are located in Glencolumcille in co.Donegal. They are among the highest sea cliffs in Europe rising 1972 feet above the Atlantic Ocean ( making them nearly 3 times higher than the famous [...]

The last walled city to be built in Europe

Derry Walls, Derry City   1618 Not only is Derry the last walled city to be built in Europe, it is also the first planned city to be built in Ireland, the only complete walled city [...]

Once the highest bridge in Ireland with a treasure trove of unique species below it

Knocksink Bridge is located in the village of Enniskerry in county Wicklow. Not many people are aware whilst driving into Enniskerry on the R117 that they passing over this bridge. When built in 1859, this [...]

Regarded as a masterpiece of design and awarded ‘Building of the Century’

St. Aengus’s Church, Burt. County Donegal      1967 This stunning and timeless building is St.Aengus' Church located in Burt, co. Donegal. It was built in 1967 and was designed by local award winning architects Frank Corr [...]

The oldest bell, tower and original features of any church in Dublin City

This National Monument is St Audeon's Church. It is located on High Street in Dublin City and dates from c.1190 a.d. It has the distinction of being the only medieval parish church, retaining any original [...]

The longest, most beautiful and most robbed house in Ireland

Russborough House, Blessington. County Wicklow     1755 Russborough House was built in 1755 and is the longest house in the country with a facade of over 700 feet in length. It is also regarded as one [...]

One of our country’s most beautiful churches & Ireland’s Taj Mahal

Kylemore Abbey Church is located in the grounds of Kylemore Abbey in co.Galway. This little church is  regarded as one of the most beautiful churches in Ireland and has one the finest interiors. It was [...]

One of the earliest and most important High Crosses in Ireland

The Carndonagh Cross is located in Carndonagh, co.Donegal. This National Monument is one of the earliest and most important High Crosses in Ireland. High Crosses developed from slab crosses which as the name suggests were [...]

Claimant to site of Ireland’s 2nd oldest pub licence, A beer garden with a view & Hugh de Lacy

Regan's Pub is located beside St Peter's Bridge on the outskirts of Trim in county Meath. It claims to have the second oldest pub licence (next to Sean's Pub in Athlone) dating back to the [...]

A famous Dublin landmark & One of the first cast iron bridges in the World

The Ha'penny Bridge, Wellington Quay. Dublin City         1816 The Ha’penny Bridge was built in 1816 and is one of the oldest cast iron bridges in the World. It was originally named 'The Wellington Bridge' after The [...]

Viking Raids, beautiful Celtic Crosses and once the highest Roundtower in Ireland

The Round Tower of Monasterboice is located in county Louth and dates from the 10th century a.d. The tower stands 92 feet high but may have originally been 108 feet making it one of the [...]

Ireland’s largest, finest and earliest Palladian style house

Castletown House is located in Celbridge in county Kildare. It is regarded as Ireland's largest, finest and earliest Palladian style house and is significant in terms of European architectural heritage. It's façade was almost certainly [...]

Unique 12th century Romanesque sculptures in an historic village

Kilteel Monastic Ruins are located in the historic village of Kilteel in county Kildare. This national monument dates to the 12th century and it's Romanesque chancel arch is unique in Ireland for the fact that [...]

One of the earliest round towers in Ireland & One of only four left in county Dublin

Clondalkin Round Tower is located in the village of Clondalkin in county Dublin. This beautiful 9th century round tower is built on the site of a monastery founded by St Mochua 200 years earlier. It [...]

Ireland’s only stand alone baptistry & The oldest stone roofed church still in use today

St Dowlagh's Church, Balgriffin. County Dublin    12th century St Dowlagh’s Church is the oldest stone roofed church (that is still in use today) and in the grounds is the only ‘standalone baptistery’ in the country. [...]

The first purpose-built two-chamber parliament house in the World

The Bank of Ireland building is located on College Green in Dublin City. This was the World's first purpose-built two-chamber parliament house. It served as both the chambers for the Lords and the Commons for [...]

The longest continuously inhabited castle in Ireland by the same family – 800 years!

This castle was built as a large fortress in 1185 by Sir Richard Talbot, a knight who accompanied King Henry II to Ireland. It was was occupied by the Talbot family between 1185 until 1973 making it the longest continuosly inhabited castle in Ireland by the same family. On the morning of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, 14 members of the family sat and had breakfast together for the last time as none of them returned. It was considerably enlarged during the reign of Edward IV around 1470 and the towers were added in 1765. Dublin County Council bought the property and the 265 acres in 1975 giving public access to one of the finest period interiors and beautiful botanical gardens.

Once the World’s largest cranes and shipyard

These are the famous landmark gantry cranes that dominate the Belfast skyline. Samson and Goliath are named after Biblical figures and are located on Queen's Island in the Harland & Wolff shipyard. They were constructed by [...]

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