The Province of Connacht

Cúige derives from the Old Irish for ‘a fifth’ (we originally had 5 provinces including Meath – The Middle Kingdom)

These are some of the most significant landmarks, buildings and monuments in the province of Connacht

Boyle Abbey, Boyle. County Roscommon  1161-1592

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An excellent example of an early Irish Cistercian Monastery Boyle Abbey was the first Cistercian monastery founded in the province of Connacht and is now a national monument. It was established in 1161 [...]

Boyle Abbey, Boyle. County Roscommon  1161-15922019-06-25T18:08:19+00:00

Murrisk Abbey, Murrisk. County Mayo 1456

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The ancient starting point for pilgrims to climb Croke 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 14562019-06-25T19:45:46+00:00

100 year old nuns attacked, stripped and beaten here

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Burrishoole Friary, Newport, County Mayo 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 entered [...]

100 year old nuns attacked, stripped and beaten here2019-06-21T10:25:57+00:00

The Caves of Kesh, Ballymote. County Sligo

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Diarmuid & Grainne, 10,000 year old cave bears & Irish mythology The limestone Caves of Kesh are located half way up the side of a mountain near Ballymote in County Sligo. They can [...]

The Caves of Kesh, Ballymote. County Sligo2019-06-26T12:27:46+00:00

Portumna Castle, Portumna. County Galway 1618

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A castle in transition Portumna Castle was built in 1618 and is regarded as a interesting example of Irish architecture in the transition between the medieval fortified tower house and the classical large [...]

Portumna Castle, Portumna. County Galway 16182019-06-26T21:06:30+00:00

Killary Harbour, Lennane. County Galway

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Ireland's only Fjord Killary Harbour, is classified as Ireland's only fjord. It is located beside the beautiful village of Leenane which is often aptly described as the Gateway to Connemara. It forms a partial [...]

Killary Harbour, Lennane. County Galway2019-06-26T22:05:52+00:00

The Ceide Fields, Ballycastle. County Mayo c.3000BC

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The World's oldest field system 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 made up [...]

The Ceide Fields, Ballycastle. County Mayo c.3000BC2019-06-27T06:07:11+00:00

Cong Abbey, Cong. County Mayo 1135

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An Abbey with some of Ireland's finest early architecture founded by a great King Cong Abbey was founded on the former site of St Feichins Monastery by the great High King Turlough Mor [...]

Cong Abbey, Cong. County Mayo 11352019-06-27T12:04:55+00:00

Srahwee Wedge Tomb, Cregganbaun. County Mayo c.2000BC

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One of Ireland's finest wedge tombs, An altar, A holy well & A forest frozen in time Srahwee Wedge Tomb is located beside the 'main road' through the village of Cregganbaun in County [...]

Srahwee Wedge Tomb, Cregganbaun. County Mayo c.2000BC2019-06-27T12:10:26+00:00

Westport House, Westport. County Mayo 1730

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One of Ireland's most beautiful historic houses, Croagh Patrick & The Pirate Queen Westport House was built in 1730 and is considered to be one of Ireland's most beautiful historic homes. It was [...]

Westport House, Westport. County Mayo 17302019-06-27T12:12:25+00:00

Meelick Round Tower, Swinford. County Mayo 10th century

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A 10th century round tower with beautiful views Meelick Round Tower is located in Swinford, co. Mayo. It was built between 923 and 1013 a.d on a monastic site attributed to St. Broccaidh [...]

Meelick Round Tower, Swinford. County Mayo 10th century2019-06-27T12:14:34+00:00

Rockfleet Castle, Newport. County Mayo c.1550

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A carefully chosen location for a Pirate Queen Rockfleet Castle is located near Newport in co.Mayo. It dates from the mid 1500's and was the main stronghold of Grace O’Malley (c.1530- c. 1603) [...]

Rockfleet Castle, Newport. County Mayo c.15502019-06-27T12:55:42+00:00

Cloonacauneen Castle, Cloonacaueen. County Galway 1550

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A beautifully restored fortified tower house & A perfect wedding venue Cloonacauneen Castle is a stunning 15th century tower house situated on outskirts of Galway City. Unusually, the majority of Cloonacaueen's owners have [...]

Cloonacauneen Castle, Cloonacaueen. County Galway 15502019-06-29T06:00:40+00:00

Galway University. Galway City 1849

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Galway's beautiful World ranking university Galway University opened it's doors on the 30th of October 1849 to 63 students and was then known as Queen's College. This was in fact one of three [...]

Galway University. Galway City 18492019-06-29T06:05:48+00:00