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The Knights Templar in Templetown, Co Wexford

The lands along the western shore of Wexford were granted to the Knights Templars in 1172 by King Henry II. They set up Templetown as their headquarters. Visitors can wander around the tower and church. The date of the tower is unclear, but the church was built in the early 1800s. Ireland in Ruins Hook […]

Ross Errilly Friary Ruins: Co Galway

Hidden among the inland fields of County Galway, Ross Errilly Friary presents a maze of historic buildings and chambers. The site is unusually in that it has two cloisters, and both are still intact. Wikipedia: Ross Errilly Friary Megalithic Ireland: Ross Errilly Friary Abandoned Ireland: Ross Errilly Friary Library Ireland: Abbey of Ross-Errilly

The Medieval Treasures of Fethard: Co Tipperary

The village of Fethard is home to a surprising number of medieval ruins. The old walls still surround the village and a signposted walking route has been established. Visitors can stroll along a section of the tall walls from the grounds of Holy Trinity Church which was built by the Normans in the 1200s Inside […]

A Visit to Yeats’ Grave: Drumcliff, Co Sligo

The Pulitzer Prize winning poet W. B. Yeats died in France in 1939, but according to his wishes he was interned in the cemetery at St. Columba’s Church of Ireland. His request read… “Under bare Ben Bulben’s head In Drumcliff churchyard Yeats is laid. An ancestor was rector there Long years ago, a church stands […]

Annestown Beach: Annestown, Co Waterford

On the coast road between Tramore and Dungarvan, Annestown Beach offers a pleasant seaside stop. The shoreline is a mix of sand and rock; and when the tide is out, there are a few sea caves to explore. Cliff walks rise from both sides of the car park, but the eastern edge warns of dangers. […]

Site of Ireland’s First Harp Festival: Granard, Co Longford

On the main street in Granard, a plaque denotes the town’s connection to traditional Irish Harp music. In 1781, they hosted the country’s very first harp festival at the Market House. The festival was hosted by a Granard-born business man named John Dungan who wanted to raise public interest in harp music. The festival was […]

Mummies in the Crypt at St. Michan’s Church: Smithfield, Co Dublin

Above ground, the church houses an organ Handel supposedly favored and rehearsed his Messiah. Underground, the church’s crypts are an experience unto themselves. You’ll find yourself guided down the cobweb-lined stairs to vaults that house the death mask of early Irish rebel Wolff Tone and the coffins of the Sheare brothers whose sentences in the […]

The Earthenworks at Lissanduff: Portballintrae, Co Antrim

An unexpected find in the seaside village of Portballintrae, the Lissanduff earthworks consist of two sets of concentric ringed mounds of earth. A scenic path with views of the bay leads from the car park to the earthen structures. Metal stairs have been installed to allow access over the mounds (and nice views). The purpose […]

Ireland’s Manliest Statue: Sixmilebridge, Co Clare

In what is probably the manliest sculpture in Ireland, artist Shane Gilmore gives us a shirtless, limestone lad marching unimpeded through the waters of the O’Garney River carrying the heavy tools of millwork, thus giving the artwork it’s title, The Miller Returns. The reference comes from 17th Century settlers of Dutch origin who started a […]

Enjoy the View from the Christ the King Statue: Glen of Aherlow, Co Tipperary

Between the Slievenamuck and the Galtee Mountains lies the glorious Glen of Aherlow. The scenic pull-off on Slievenamuck provides one of the most accessible spots to take in the beauty of the glen. The area includes a picnic area, forest walks, and a Christ the King statue that looks out over the valley. The winding, […]

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