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The Wreck of the Steamship Plassey: Co Galway

On a recent visit to the Aran Islands I took this picture of the Motor Vessel Plassy (or Plassey). The vessel was built in the early 1940’s and acquired by the Limerick Steamship Company in 1951 and renamed Plassy.  On 8 March 1960, while sailing through Galway Bay carrying a cargo of whiskey, stained glass […]

Tobernalt Holy Well, County Sligo

While on a beautiful country drive in County Sligo, we came upon an amazing spiritual and peaceful place known as Tobernalt Holy Well. More Info: http://www.holywellsligo.com/about.html Submitted by Kim Hathaway – www.irishstudiestogo.com

National Ploughing Championships, County Offaly

For Americans, this event feels like a very large county fair or 4H show. Mostly related to farming but they have activities for the whole family. My mom and I went at the suggestion of a relative we had never met who was a farmer and saw things we had never seen before! The things […]

Mebh’s Cairn Knocknarea, Co Sligo

Knocknarea is an iconic landmark in Sligo. Located on the scenic Strandhill road, the small mountain rises prominently with dramatic sheer edges facing Strandhill. There are several cairns on top, the largest called Mebh’s (Maeve) cairn. There is a nice climb to the top with breathtaking views of Strandhill, Sligo town, Rosses point and Lough […]

Ballintubber Abbey: Ballintubber, Co Mayo

Ballintubber Abbey is a beautiful historical site of great sacred importance. The Abbey was founded in 1216 and will celebrate 800 years in 2016. The church was built by King Cathal Crovdearg O’Conor and local folklore tells the story that the king built the church there to repay the kindness of a man he once […]

Coomanaspig Pass: Near Port Magee, Co Kerry

Described as one of the highest places in Ireland to be reached by car, the Coomanaspig (Coomaneaspaig/Coom an Aspaig) Pass along the Skellig Ring in Co. Kerry, offers sweeping views that are unparalleled in the country. Located mid way between Ballinskelligs and Port Magee along the Skellig Ring Road, the steep mountain pass isn’t for […]

Secret Valley in the Wicklow Mountains: Aughrim, Co Wicklow

Aughavannagh Valley is a secluded valley deep in the Wicklow Mountains at the foot of Lugnaquilla the highest mountain in Wicklow. Steeped in history, the valley is also on the route of The Wicklow Way – Ireland’s most famous long distance walking trail. Wicklow Holiday: Aughavannagh Valley Wikipedia: Aughavannagh Wicklow Way: Official Site Submitted by […]

The Royal Celtic Capital of Connacht: Tulsk, Co Roscommon

Covering over four square miles, at least 200 sites and monuments, and tracing through history from the earliest settlement (8,000 years ago) right through Stone Age, Iron Age, and Gaelic Kingship to the latest Medieval – this complex of sites is the ‘Celtic Royal Capital’ of Connacht, the western province of Ireland. Druids, Queen Maeve, […]

Discovering “The Stones”: Lecarrow, Co Roscommon

The Megalithic structures situated near the village of Lecarrow in South Co. Roscommon are relatively unknown. In the middle of the twentieth century it was thought by some to be just a jumble of stones? With improved understanding of these structures however there is now firm evidence that what exists here is indeed an early […]

Finding the Lost Town of Rindoon… the “Camelot of the Shannon”: Lecarrow, Co Roscommon

The deserted Medieval town of Rindoon is situated on a peninsula on the western shore of Lough Ree about nine miles north of Athlone. In 1227 Geoffrey Marisco erected a castle here on behalf of King Henry III of England. At its height, the population of Rindoon is estimated at about 1000 people, a considerable […]

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