national monuments

Portumna Castle, Portumna. County Galway 1618

2020-04-29T19:40:49+00:00

Rare transitional castle to mansion Portumna Castle was built in 1618 and is regarded as an interesting example of Irish architecture in the transition between the medieval fortified tower house and the classical [...]

Portumna Castle, Portumna. County Galway 16182020-04-29T19:40:49+00:00

Ballybrack Dolmen, Ballybrack. County Dublin 2500BC

2020-05-06T15:37:55+00:00

a 4500-year-old dolmen stuck in the middle of a housing estate!  This Dolmen is located in Ballybrack in south County Dublin dates from approx 2500BC. Its granite capstone has beautiful shiny quartz mixed [...]

Ballybrack Dolmen, Ballybrack. County Dublin 2500BC2020-05-06T15:37:55+00:00

Hore Abbey, Cashel. County Tipperary 1266

2020-04-26T14:06:58+00:00

Paranoid dreams of killer monks, Benedictines and Yew trees Hore Abbey is located in a beautiful setting underneath in a field under the watchful eye of the Rock of Cashel in co. Tipperary. [...]

Hore Abbey, Cashel. County Tipperary 12662020-04-26T14:06:58+00:00

The Market Cross, Kells. County Meath 10th century

2020-04-29T15:58:41+00:00

A Master sculptor, Sanctuary & Hanging rebels The Market Cross is located outside the courthouse in Kells in County Meath. This early 10th-century cross was originally called the “Cross of the Gate” as [...]

The Market Cross, Kells. County Meath 10th century2020-04-29T15:58:41+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

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

2020-04-29T17:23:02+00:00

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

Templar’s Church, Templetown. County Wexford 1310

2020-05-03T11:03:50+00:00

Crusades, Norman warriors & Betrayal Templar's Church received its name from the Knights Templar, a brotherhood of monastic Norman warriors who originated during the crusades. After the Norman invasion of Ireland in 1169, [...]

Templar’s Church, Templetown. County Wexford 13102020-05-03T11:03:50+00:00

Tintern Abbey, Hook Head. County Wexford 1200

2020-05-08T07:14:11+00:00

A great storm & the promise of William Marshall  The beautiful Tintern Abbey was founded in 1200 by William Marshall, the 1st Earl of Pembroke. Marshal had set sail for Ireland on his [...]

Tintern Abbey, Hook Head. County Wexford 12002020-05-08T07:14:11+00:00

Loughcrew, Oldcastle. County Meath  3200BC      

2020-04-30T11:54:12+00:00

The best kept archaeological secret in Ireland Loughcrew has been described as ‘Ireland’s greatest archaeological secret’ and is one of the BIG 4 megalithic sites of Ireland (the others being Carrowkeel, Carrowmore, and [...]

Loughcrew, Oldcastle. County Meath  3200BC      2020-04-30T11:54:12+00:00

St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny City 1285

2020-05-08T07:12:35+00:00

The 2nd longest church in Ireland & The oldest building in Kilkenny St Canice's Cathedral was built between 1202 and 1285 and is the second-longest in Ireland after St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. [...]

St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny City 12852020-05-08T07:12:35+00:00

St Audeon’s Church, High Street. Dublin City c.1190AD

2020-05-05T12:27:15+00:00

The oldest and best-preserved original features of any church in Dublin City St Audeon's Church is located on High Street in Dublin City and dates from c.1190AD. It has the distinction of being [...]

St Audeon’s Church, High Street. Dublin City c.1190AD2020-05-05T12:27:15+00:00

Kilkea Castle, Castledermot. County Kildare 1426

2020-05-06T13:36:38+00:00

A claimant to the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Ireland & The Wizard Earl Kilkea Castle was built in 1426 and is a claimant of the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Ireland (as [...]

Kilkea Castle, Castledermot. County Kildare 14262020-05-06T13:36:38+00:00

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

2020-05-04T11:46:40+00:00

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

2020-04-29T16:06:13+00:00

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

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

2020-05-08T09:10:13+00:00

One of Ireland's finest wedge tombs Srahwee Wedge Tomb is located beside the 'main road' through the village of Cregganbaun in County Mayo. This national monument is regarded as one of the finest [...]

Srahwee Wedge Tomb, Cregganbaun. County Mayo c.2000BC2020-05-08T09:10:13+00:00

Nenagh Castle, Nenagh. County Tipperary 1216

2020-05-06T09:38:56+00:00

One of Ireland's most impressive Norman keeps  Nenagh Castle is located in Nenagh in County Tipperary. It was built c.1216 and was the main castle of the Butler family for 200 years before [...]

Nenagh Castle, Nenagh. County Tipperary 12162020-05-06T09:38:56+00:00

St Mary’s Cathedral, Bridge Street. Limerick City 1168

2020-05-06T15:00:45+00:00

The oldest and most beautiful building in Limerick City St Mary's Cathedral dates back to 1168 making it the oldest building in Limerick City predating King John's Castle. This was previously the site [...]

St Mary’s Cathedral, Bridge Street. Limerick City 11682020-05-06T15:00:45+00:00

St John’s Priory, Trim. County Meath 1202

2020-05-04T16:16:49+00:00

The Crutched Friars & a medieval hospital St John's Priory is located on the outskirts of Trim in County Meath. It was founded 1202 by Bishop Simon de Rochefort and was occupied by [...]

St John’s Priory, Trim. County Meath 12022020-05-04T16:16:49+00:00

Kilteel Monastic Ruins, Kilteel. County Kildare 12th century

2020-05-04T16:13:39+00:00

Unique 12th-century Romanesque sculptures  These monastic ruins, now a national monument, can be found in the historic village of Kilteel. The 12th-century Romanesque chancel arch is unique in Ireland for the fact that [...]

Kilteel Monastic Ruins, Kilteel. County Kildare 12th century2020-05-04T16:13:39+00:00

St Mary’s Church, Gowran. County Kilkenny 13th century

2020-05-07T13:01:21+00:00

clerics, Norman tombs & beautiful medieval carvings This national monument is St Mary's Church located in the village of Gowran in County Kilkenny. The church was served by a college of clerics who [...]

St Mary’s Church, Gowran. County Kilkenny 13th century2020-05-07T13:01:21+00:00

Kilgobbin Cross, Stepaside. County Dublin 10th century

2020-05-02T15:26:23+00:00

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
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