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Exploring Kilcrea Monastery and Ovens, County Cork

I recently explored Kiclrea Friary (also called Kilcrea Abbey) and Kilcrea Tower, which is located across the road and a field from the friary. Kilcrea Friary dates back to 1400s and is an ancestral burial place for the mighty McCarthy family of Munster, the most famous  is that of Art O’Leary. His grave is clearly marked and […]

Majestic Kilcrea Abbey: Ovens, Co Cork

One of Cork’s most majestic Abbey ruins, located just South of the Cork to Killarney Road (N20, between Ovens and Farran. It is located closer to Cork, rather than Macroom. If you stand at the entrance gate to Kilcrea Abbey, facing away, to the West, sighting along the tree-lined boulevard, you can see Kilcrea Castle […]

Barryscourt Castle

Barryscourt Castle is a wonderfully restored tower house, occupying a ancient site. The 16th century castle was home to the Barrymores a powerful branch of the Barry family and is in a bucolic setting near Carrigtowhill in West Cork. © 2013 Michele Erdvig IrelandYes: Barryscourt Castle Heritage Ireland: Barryscourt Castle

Great for Families: The Donkey Sanctuary in County Cork

The Donkey Sanctuary just outside the village of Liscarroll in the north western part of County Cork is a perfect family outing in Ireland.  Sweet, fuzzy faced donkeys in all colors and sizes roam the fields, approaching fences to get the attention of visitors…  Attention that is often metted out in long, luxurious petting and […]

14th Century Carrigaphooca Castle and Stone Circle: Macroom, County Cork

About half way between Cork and Killarney, in a field just a couple of miles outside the town of Macroom, lies the remains of Carrigaphooca Castle. The castle was built as a defensive tower back in the early 15th century, but these days it is known locally to be one of the most haunted castles […]

Drombeg Stone Circle: Rosscarbery, Co. Cork

Known locally as the Druid’s Altar, Drombeg Stone Circle is set on a hillside in rural West Cork about 1-½ miles east of Glandore. Dating back over 2,000 years, the stones stand sentinel over the countryside with distant views of the ocean. Thirty feet in diameter, the seventeen stones have a flat altar stone, which is […]

Reviving History at Fort Camden: Crosshaven, Co Cork

Camden Fort Meagher is situated on Rams Head at the Eastern end of Crosshaven, home of the World’s oldest Yacht Club. The Fort derives it name from the Earl of Camden, who was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in 1795 and it was renamed Meagher in 1938 when it was handed over to the Irish state […]

Romantic Gougane Barra: Pass of Keimaneigh, Co. Cork

Gougane Barra, Ireland’s first forest park, is secreted away in a glacial valley. Surrounded by the Sheehy Mountains the former monastic site is a popular venue for Irish weddings. A small Romanesque-style oratory sits on an island in the lake, reflected romantically in the still waters. Over 1,000 acres of woods and mountains contain walking […]

Red Abbey Bell Tower, An Irish National Monument: Cork City, Co Cork

You probably won’t find yourself wandering around Red Abbey Street in Cork for anything else, other than to take a couple of pictures of the 14th century Augustinian abbey remains that reside there. The very small Red Abbey Street is just across the river from the main shopping areas of Cork City, and is primarily […]

Ballycrovane Ogham Stone: Eyeries, Co Cork

Ballycrovane Ogham stone is impressive, rising 5.3 meters (17 ft) up out of a hill on the edge of the Ring of Beara. It has, carved along one side, Ogham marked into it. Ogham is the ancient Celtic language, largely used for ceremonial purposes, and the only known written language of the pre-Roman Celts. We […]

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