national monuments

Boyle Abbey, Boyle. County Roscommon  1161-1592

2019-06-25T18:08:19+00:00

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

Garinish Island, Glengarriff. County Cork

2019-06-25T18:21:26+00:00

An island paradise, World famous gardens & Friendly seals Garinish Island, also known as 'Ilnacullin' or 'Island of holly’ in Irish, is located in the sheltered harbor of Glengarriff in west Cork. The [...]

Garinish Island, Glengarriff. County Cork2019-06-25T18:21:26+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 centuries2019-06-25T19:34:31+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

Roscrea Castle, Roscrea. County Tipperary 1281

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Attacked, burnt and destroyed with everyone killed (except one!) This National Monument is Roscrea Castle. This was originally the site of a motte and bailey fortification known as King John's Castle. It was [...]

Roscrea Castle, Roscrea. County Tipperary 12812019-06-25T19:57:25+00:00

Charles Fort, Kinsale. County Cork 1682

2019-06-25T21:30:54+00:00

One of the largest and finest British military installations in Ireland Charles Fort is a classic example of a late 17th century star-shaped fort and is was one of the largest British military [...]

Charles Fort, Kinsale. County Cork 16822019-06-25T21:30:54+00:00

Delvin Castle, Delvin. County Westmeath 1310

2019-06-26T05:05:06+00:00

Loyal Kings men, The Nugents & An ancient trading route Delvin Castle is located right in the middle of Delvin village in County Westmeath. This was once a sturdy Norman castle with a [...]

Delvin Castle, Delvin. County Westmeath 13102019-06-26T05:05:06+00:00

Mussenden Temple, Castlerock. County Derry 1785

2019-06-26T05:15:45+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 17852019-06-26T05:15:45+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

Inch Abbey, Downpatrick, County Down 1180

2019-06-26T06:41:36+00:00

Includes one of Ireland's first Gothic arches & Game of Thrones location Inch Abbey was established as a Cistercian house by John de Courcy and his wife Affreca in 1180 as an act [...]

Inch Abbey, Downpatrick, County Down 11802019-06-26T06:41:36+00:00

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin City 1172

2019-06-26T06:48:24+00:00

One of Ireland's most historic buildings, The heart of a saint and Tom & Jerry Christchurch is built on the most commanding position in Dublin and is one of the finest historical buildings [...]

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin City 11722019-06-26T06:48:24+00:00

The Athcarne Cross, Balrath. County Meath 1675 

2019-06-26T09:17:45+00:00

A unique cross embodying both Renaissance and Baroque influences This cross, now a national monument, was erected circa 1675 as a memorial to Sir Luke Bathe and his wife, Dame Cecilia Dowdall, who [...]

The Athcarne Cross, Balrath. County Meath 1675 2019-06-26T09:17:45+00:00

Trim Castle, Trim, County Meath 1176

2019-06-26T10:04:51+00:00

The earliest and one the largest Norman castles in Europe, Braveheart & Hugh de Lacy Trim Castle is not only the earliest stone castle to be built in Ireland but also the one [...]

Trim Castle, Trim, County Meath 11762019-06-26T10:04:51+00:00

Monea Castle, Monea, County Fermanagh 1618

2019-06-26T11:56:22+00:00

One of the best preserved Scottish styled plantation castles in Northern Ireland The Plantation of Ulster in the early 17th century was an attempt by the English monarchy to take control of the [...]

Monea Castle, Monea, County Fermanagh 16182019-06-26T11:56:22+00:00

St Mura’s Cross, Fahan. County Donegal 7th century

2019-06-26T12:05:18+00:00

An exquisite early slab cross with Greek inscriptions  St Mura’s Cross is located in an ancient monastic site in Fahan, county Donegal. This rare 'slab' type cross is generally believed to be the [...]

St Mura’s Cross, Fahan. County Donegal 7th century2019-06-26T12:05:18+00:00

Swords Castle, Swords. County Dublin 1190

2019-06-26T16:40:03+00:00

An Arch-Bishop's private getaway, An orchard & The Tudors Swords Castle is located in the town of Swords in north county Dublin and dates from 1190 a.d. In 1181 John Comyn succeeded Laurence O'Toole [...]

Swords Castle, Swords. County Dublin 11902019-06-26T16:40:03+00:00

Castle Roche, Dundalk. County Louth 1236

2019-06-26T17:16:11+00:00

One of the most striking Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland but don't look out the window  Castle Roche is one of the most striking Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland. It was built in 1236 by [...]

Castle Roche, Dundalk. County Louth 12362019-06-26T17:16:11+00:00

Portumna Castle, Portumna. County Galway 1618

2019-06-26T21:06:30+00:00

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
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