Early Medieval Period 400 – 1150 a.d

From the late 4th century Ireland began to convert to Christianity and the foundation of monasteries spread throughout the Island. These developed to become our first ‘towns’ with streets, churches, schools, round towers and defensive walls. They became great European centres for all types of craftwork culminating with the creation of our decorated manuscripts (e.g. Book of Kells). The Vikings arrived during this period but after a bit of raiding and pillaging they settled down and introduced coinage, developed international trade routes as well as establishing our first real towns such as Dublin, Waterford and Limerick.

Monuments for this period include Churches, Ecclesiastical enclosed sites, High Crosses, Round towers, Ogham stones, Ring forts, Crannogs, Souterrains and Promontory forts…as well as exceptional metalworking like the Tara Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice.

Here are some significant examples of buildings, landmarks and monuments built during the Early Medieval period 400 – 1150 a.d (early Christian)

Kilcrea Friary, Ovens. County Cork 1465

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 Built under the patronage of Cormac MacCarthy The Kilcrea Friary is a medieval abbey located near Ovens in County Cork. It takes its name from a 6th-century saint named Cyra who is said to [...]

Kilcrea Friary, Ovens. County Cork 14652020-04-29T19:34:27+00:00

Clew Bay Archeology Trail, Clew Bay. County Mayo

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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

Castledermot, County Kildare 10th-18th centuries

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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

Mellifont Abbey, Tullyallen. County Meath 1142

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Ireland's first and most important Cistercian Abbey 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 [...]

Mellifont Abbey, Tullyallen. County Meath 11422020-04-26T13:28:39+00:00

Sean’s Bar, Athlone. County Westmeath 900AD

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Ireland's, Europe's and possibly the World's oldest pub! Sean's Bar in Athlone is not only the oldest bar in Ireland but also in Europe and possibly the World dating from 900 a.d. This [...]

Sean’s Bar, Athlone. County Westmeath 900AD2020-04-26T13:56:56+00:00

Clonmacnoise, Shannonbridge. County Offaly 6th -12th centuries

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One of Ireland's greatest ecclesiastical centres The monastery of Clonmacnoise was founded by St Ciarán in 546 a.d. and is one of Ireland's most important ecclesiastical centers. St Ciaran was a young preacher [...]

Clonmacnoise, Shannonbridge. County Offaly 6th -12th centuries2020-04-29T17:23:02+00:00

The Moone High Cross, Moone. County Kildare 10th century

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The 2nd tallest High Cross in Ireland The Moone High Cross is regarded as a masterpiece among granite crosses and dates from the 10th century. It is the second tallest in Ireland and [...]

The Moone High Cross, Moone. County Kildare 10th century2020-05-04T11:46:40+00:00

Cong Abbey, Cong. County Mayo 1135

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Some of Ireland's finest early ecclesiastical architecture  Cong Abbey was founded on the former site of St Feichins Monastery by the great High King Turlough Mor O'Connor in 1135. The Abbey contains some [...]

Cong Abbey, Cong. County Mayo 11352020-04-29T16:06:13+00:00

Killeen Castle, Dunsany. County Meath 1820

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The Plunkett's, Hugh de Lacy & A stunning new golf course The first castle on this site was built by Geoffrey de Cusack, an Anglo-Norman who came to Ireland with Hugh de Lacy. [...]

Killeen Castle, Dunsany. County Meath 18202020-05-01T13:22:03+00:00

Kilgobbin Cross, Stepaside. County Dublin 10th century

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A Christian High-Cross with a Pagan base    Kilgobbin Cross is located in Stepaside village in south co. Dublin. It was found in 1800 when a wall for the nearby graveyard was being [...]

Kilgobbin Cross, Stepaside. County Dublin 10th century2020-05-02T15:26:23+00:00