Odd and Curious

Swiss Cottage, Cahir. County Tipperary 1812

2020-05-07T12:48:08+00:00

One of the finest examples of an ornamental cottage 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 18122020-05-07T12:48:08+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

Navan Fort, Armagh, County Armagh 95BC

2020-05-06T19:09:40+00:00

An 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 95BC2020-05-06T19:09:40+00:00

The Athcarne Cross, Balrath. County Meath 1675 

2020-05-01T13:27:50+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 2020-05-01T13:27:50+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

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

Killary Harbour, Lennane. County Galway

2020-05-08T08:54:24+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 [...]

Killary Harbour, Lennane. County Galway2020-05-08T08:54:24+00:00

Carrantuohill Mountain, County Kerry 1,038.6 metres (3,407ft)

2020-05-07T12:43:13+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 [...]

Carrantuohill Mountain, County Kerry 1,038.6 metres (3,407ft)2020-05-07T12:43:13+00:00

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

2020-04-30T13:15:05+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 of [...]

The Ceide Fields, Ballycastle. County Mayo c.3000BC2020-04-30T13:15:05+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

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

Old Fort, Shannonbridge. County Offaly 1810

2020-04-28T22:38:36+00:00

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

Old Fort, Shannonbridge. County Offaly 18102020-04-28T22:38:36+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

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

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

St Alphonsus’ Church, Barntown. County Wexford 1851

2020-05-03T11:13:07+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 18512020-05-03T11:13:07+00:00

The Great Motte, Rathmore. County Kildare 12th century

2020-05-03T17:32:34+00:00

Norman 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 Great Motte, Rathmore. County Kildare 12th century2020-05-03T17:32:34+00:00
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