Odd and Curious

Swiss Cottage, Cahir. County Tipperary 1812

2019-06-25T21:02:03+00:00

One of the finest examples of a 'cottage ornee' in Europe Fantasy houses such as Swiss Cottage were popular with the gentry in the 19th century where they could play at being peasants [...]

Swiss Cottage, Cahir. County Tipperary 18122019-06-25T21:02:03+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

The Molly Malone Statue, Dublin City 1988

2019-06-26T05:49:24+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 19882019-06-26T05:49:24+00:00

The German Military Cemetery, Glencree. County Wicklow

2019-06-26T05:58:00+00:00

134 bodies of the German Luftwaffe lie here This cemetery was originally a quarry owned by Lord Powerscourt to supply the nearby military barracks of Glencree. Although Ireland positioned itself neutral during the [...]

The German Military Cemetery, Glencree. County Wicklow2019-06-26T05:58:00+00:00

Navan Fort, Armagh, County Armagh 95BC

2019-06-26T06:59:28+00:00

The Ancient Capital, The Legend of Emain Macha & A Barbary Macaque Navan Fort or 'Emain Macha' is one of Ireland's most important ancient monuments. According to mythology, this was one of the [...]

Navan Fort, Armagh, County Armagh 95BC2019-06-26T06:59:28+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

The Caves of Kesh, Ballymote. County Sligo

2019-06-26T12:27:46+00:00

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

The Caves of Kesh, Ballymote. County Sligo2019-06-26T12:27:46+00:00

Armagh Observatory, Armagh City 1789

2019-06-26T15:08:28+00:00

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

Armagh Observatory, Armagh City 17892019-06-26T15:08:28+00:00

Clontarf Castle Gatehouse, Clontarf. Dublin City 1830

2019-06-26T15:10:38+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 1830's. The original castle was built by [...]

Clontarf Castle Gatehouse, Clontarf. Dublin City 18302019-06-26T15:10:38+00:00

Griesebank House, Ballitore. County Kildare 1726

2019-06-26T20:59:18+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 fore father of the great polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton. [...]

Griesebank House, Ballitore. County Kildare 17262019-06-26T20:59:18+00:00

Killary Harbour, Lennane. County Galway

2019-06-26T22:05:52+00:00

Ireland's only Fjord Killary Harbour, is classified as Ireland's only fjord. It is located beside the beautiful village of Leenane which is often aptly described as the Gateway to Connemara. It forms a partial [...]

Killary Harbour, Lennane. County Galway2019-06-26T22:05:52+00:00

Carrantuohill Mountain, County Kerry

2019-06-26T22:07:33+00:00

Ireland's highest mountain Carrantuohill in co. Kerry is Ireland's highest mountain standing at 1,038 m or 3,406 ft. It is the central peak of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks range and is topped by a large [...]

Carrantuohill Mountain, County Kerry2019-06-26T22:07:33+00:00

The Ceide Fields, Ballycastle. County Mayo c.3000BC

2019-06-27T06:07:11+00:00

The World's oldest field system The Céide Fields are the oldest known and most extensive stone age field systems in the world covering 1,500 hectares. This open air archaeological site is made up [...]

The Ceide Fields, Ballycastle. County Mayo c.3000BC2019-06-27T06:07:11+00:00

Ballybrack Dolmen, Ballybrack. County Dublin 2500BC

2019-06-27T06:21:08+00:00

A 4500 year old dolmen in the middle of a housing estate in south Dublin This Dolmen is located in Ballybrack in south County Dublin dates from approx 2500BC. It granite capstone has [...]

Ballybrack Dolmen, Ballybrack. County Dublin 2500BC2019-06-27T06:21:08+00:00

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

2019-06-27T06:41:59+00:00

Strange stone carvings on an international pilgrimage route The Clonfinlough Stone is located near the village of Clonfinlough in co.Offaly. This national monument has mysterious carvings which may date from anytime between c.1000BC [...]

The Clonfinlough Stone, Clonfinlough. County Offaly c.1000BC-1400AD2019-06-27T06:41:59+00:00

Old Fort, Shannonbridge. County Offaly 1810

2019-06-27T06:44:06+00:00

A unique Napoleonic fort on the Shannon This odd and unique looking building is the Old Fort at Shannonbridge in co.Offaly. It was built in 1810 at this strategic location on the Shannon [...]

Old Fort, Shannonbridge. County Offaly 18102019-06-27T06:44:06+00:00

Shell Cottage, Carton House Estate. County Kildare 1750

2019-06-27T10:41:23+00:00

Millions of Shells from all over the World, Marianne Faithful, Queen Victoria & Princess Grace of Monaco This stunning little house was built in 1750 for Emily Fitzgerald. She was a great granddaughter [...]

Shell Cottage, Carton House Estate. County Kildare 17502019-06-27T10:41:23+00:00

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

2019-06-27T12:10:26+00:00

One of Ireland's finest wedge tombs, An altar, A holy well & A forest frozen in time Srahwee Wedge Tomb is located beside the 'main road' through the village of Cregganbaun in County [...]

Srahwee Wedge Tomb, Cregganbaun. County Mayo c.2000BC2019-06-27T12:10:26+00:00

The Curiosity Shop, Malin Head. County Donegal

2019-06-27T13:50:06+00:00

Ireland's most northerly shop, Brick-a-brack & Famous visitors The Curiosity Shop is locate 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 Donegal2019-06-27T13:50:06+00:00

St Alphonsus’ Church, Barntown. County Wexford 1851

2019-06-27T16:16:07+00:00

Designed by Augustus Welby Pugin - the foremost British architect of the 19th century St Alphonsus' Church is located in Barntown in county Wexford. It was built in 1851 to the designs of [...]

St Alphonsus’ Church, Barntown. County Wexford 18512019-06-27T16:16:07+00:00

Rathmore Motte Castle, Rathmore. County Kildare 12th century

2019-06-28T14:25:05+00:00

Skeletons, A great motte & The Fitzgeralds Rathmore is located in north county Kildare and is named after this 'Great Motte'. The Motte is a large flat-topped mound that was used as the'castle' [...]

Rathmore Motte Castle, Rathmore. County Kildare 12th century2019-06-28T14:25:05+00:00
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