The Normans and the Cistercians changed Irish churches from using the rounded Romanesque arch to the pointed arch of the Gothic. This style continued to dominate church architecture until the Reformation (and then again in the 19th century). Many of our great Cathedrals have been heavily restored in the 19th century but these are still essentially Norman.
One of the most picturesque churches in Ireland Gougane Barra is a wild and wonderful glaciated valley located in the Shehy Mountains in West Cork. The name translates to mean 'Finbarr's Rock' and [...]