Monuments & Curiosities

These buildings, landmarks and monuments have something a bit weird or odd about them.

Ballylahan Castle, Straide, County Mayo 1239

2020-04-29T17:39:33+00:00

The Exeters, The MacJordans, and a 700-year-old ruin Ballylahan Castle is located a couple of kilometers northeast of Strade village in County Mayo. It was constructed in 1239 on the south bank of the [...]

Ballylahan Castle, Straide, County Mayo 12392020-04-29T17:39:33+00:00

Cloughjordan Eco Village, Cloughjordan. County Tipperary est.2007

2020-04-29T17:35:28+00:00

Ireland's first Eco-Village The incredible Cloughjordan Ecovillage is located adjacent to Cloughjordan village in County Tipperary. This is a registered educational charity and an internationally recognized destination for learning about sustainable living. The pioneering [...]

Cloughjordan Eco Village, Cloughjordan. County Tipperary est.20072020-04-29T17:35:28+00:00

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

Doolagh Valley Famine Memorial, County Mayo

2020-04-29T19:32:48+00:00

The 25km Doolagh Pass is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland but it was also the scene of one of Ireland's greatest tragedies. In 1849 during the Great Hunger, 600 starving souls [...]

Doolagh Valley Famine Memorial, County Mayo2020-04-29T19:32:48+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

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

The Molly Malone Statue, Dublin City 1988

2020-04-26T10:50:55+00:00

The Tart with the Cart, The Dish with the Fish & The Trollop with the Scallops The Molly Malone Statue was designed by Jeanne Rynhart and based on a popular song of a [...]

The Molly Malone Statue, Dublin City 19882020-04-26T10:50:55+00:00

The Caves of Kesh, Ballymote. County Sligo

2020-05-08T09:34:46+00:00

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

The Caves of Kesh, Ballymote. County Sligo2020-05-08T09:34:46+00:00

Armagh Observatory, Armagh City 1789

2020-05-06T19:43:59+00:00

The oldest scientific institution in Northern Ireland & groundbreaking architecture Armagh Observatory was established by Richard Robinson, Archbishop of Armagh, in 1789. Robinson was not only the leader of the Church of Ireland [...]

Armagh Observatory, Armagh City 17892020-05-06T19:43:59+00:00

Clontarf Castle Gatehouse, Clontarf. Dublin City 1830

2020-04-30T17:56:52+00:00

900 years of history, Thin Lizzy & Dana This is the beautiful gatehouse for Clontarf Castle which along with the castle were totally remodeled in the 1830s. The original castle was built by [...]

Clontarf Castle Gatehouse, Clontarf. Dublin City 18302020-04-30T17:56:52+00:00

The Round Tower, Portrane. County Dublin 1844

2020-05-14T08:39:21+00:00

A round tower built for love - not long ago though! This is the Round Tower in Portrane in North County Dublin. Many of the Round Towers in the Fingal region date back [...]

The Round Tower, Portrane. County Dublin 18442020-05-14T08:39:21+00:00

Mellifont Abbey, Tullyallen. County Meath 1142

2020-04-26T13:28:39+00:00

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

Griesebank House, Ballitore. County Kildare 1726

2020-05-04T11:43:36+00:00

The Quakers, Shackelton and The Leadbeater Papers Griesebank House was a former school for Quakers. It was founded by Abraham Shackleton in 1726, the forefather of the great polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton. Quakers [...]

Griesebank House, Ballitore. County Kildare 17262020-05-04T11:43:36+00:00

Sean’s Bar, Athlone. County Westmeath 900AD

2020-04-26T13:56:56+00:00

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

The Clonfinlough Stone, Clonfinlough. County Offaly c.1000BC-1400AD

2020-05-03T17:36:33+00:00

Strange carvings on an international pilgrimage route The Clonfinlough Stone is located near the village of Clonfinlough in County Offaly. This national monument has mysterious carvings that may date from any time between [...]

The Clonfinlough Stone, Clonfinlough. County Offaly c.1000BC-1400AD2020-05-03T17:36:33+00:00

Loftus Hall, Hook Head. County Wexford 1870

2020-05-03T10:59:43+00:00

'Allegedly' the most haunted house in Ireland  Loftus Hall is located on Hook Head in County Wexford. This was originally the site of a castle built by a family called Redmonds in 1350. [...]

Loftus Hall, Hook Head. County Wexford 18702020-05-03T10:59:43+00:00

Shell Cottage, Carton House Estate. County Kildare 1750

2020-05-07T07:01:06+00:00

decorated with millions of shells, Queen Victoria & Princess Grace of Monaco This stunning little house was built in 1750 for Emily Fitzgerald. She was a great-granddaughter of Charles II who married James [...]

Shell Cottage, Carton House Estate. County Kildare 17502020-05-07T07:01:06+00:00

St. Mogue’s Cottage, Ferns. County Wexford 1790

2020-04-30T13:31:22+00:00

A beautifully restored cottage, Mary McAleese & a historic village The beautiful St Mogue’s Cottage is located on the grounds of St Edan's Cathedral in Ferns. It largely dates from the 18th century [...]

St. Mogue’s Cottage, Ferns. County Wexford 17902020-04-30T13:31:22+00:00

The Curiosity Shop, Malin Head. County Donegal

2020-04-28T23:01:49+00:00

Ireland's most northerly shop, brick-a-brack & famous customers The Curiosity Shop is located near Banba’s Crown in Malin Head and is Ireland’s most northerly shop. It is covered wall-to-wall in every type of [...]

The Curiosity Shop, Malin Head. County Donegal2020-04-28T23:01:49+00:00

Old Cottage, Culdaff. County Donegal c.1800

2020-04-28T23:11:57+00:00

An authentic Irish cottage  This is a beautiful example of an unaltered traditional Irish cottage. The earliest cottages date from around 1700 as prior to that, our ancestors lived in round hut style [...]

Old Cottage, Culdaff. County Donegal c.18002020-04-28T23:11:57+00:00
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