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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

Legend of the Connemara Giant: Recess, Co Galway

Just before you reach Clifden, the unofficial “capital of Connemara”, you pass Joyce’s, “One of the Best Craft Shops in Ireland.” As we did enter those doors, I can tell you, it is a really good craft shop. I purchased some Connemara Marble coasters that remind me daily of our last trip to Ireland. Right across the […]

Ireland History at the Connemara Heritage & History Centre: Lettershea, Co Galway

Ireland is filled with history… from the bronze age to today, you’ll find history around every turn of the narrow, hedgerow lined roads. If you find yourself in Connemara, a terrific stop for “sneaky education”- that is, learning so interesting and fun that you don’t realize you are learning anything- can be found at the […]

Tragedy at Menlo Castle: Galway, Co Galway

Menlo Castle, a once magnificent home of the Blake family was built in 1569 on the banks of the River Corrib. In 1910, Menlo Castle was gutted by fire trapping two servants & Miss Ellen, the invalided daughter of the Baronet & Lady Blake. The two servants were forced to jump from the roof of […]

The Sky Road in Connemara – One of Ireland’s Most Dramatic Drives: Clifden, Co Galway

Driving the Sky Road in Clifden, Connemara, County Galway, for the first time is breathtakingly beautiful and heart-stopping-ly terrifying at the same time. The narrow road, the wild scenery and the cliff top views are incredible to describe with mere words. As you leave Clifden, the “Capital of Connemara”, the road climbs higher, becomes narrower […]

A Home from the Family Who Brought Us the Galway Races: Tyrone, Co Galway

Located near Kilcolgan, Co. Galway, stands the ruins of the stately manor Tyrone House. Built in 1779 by Christopher French St. George whose estate was once the centre of foxhunting in the region. One of St George’s grandsons later helped to establish the Galway Races. Tyrone House is probably more famous for being torched by […]

Portumna Castle and Kitchen Garden: Portumna, County Galway

The Castle which was destroyed by an accidental fire in 1826 is currently undergoing extensive internal restoration. This semi fortified Manor House currently has only the lower floors of the building accessible at this time. There are information boards and a video giving details of the history and former owners with close links to the […]

A Titanic Memorial to John Flynn: Clonbur, Co Galway

While many Irish were leaving the country for a better life elsewhere, John Flynn had already established himself in Pennsylvania. He had returned to Clonbur to visit his sister, but an urgent letter from his wife called him back earlier than expected. The Boat Agent who sold him a ticket for the Titanic was located […]

Taking in the Connemara Views with a Stop at Shanafaraghaun Burial Ground: Co Galway

On the scenic road along Connemara’s Lough Nafooey’s northern shore, this quiet little spot provides a comfortable little respite. One online source refers to it as a children’s graveyard, but I’m afraid I don’t know much about it. Just down the road you’ll find Joyce Country Sheepdogs where they run herding demonstrations daily in season. […]

Fairy Fortress: Knockma Woods, Co Galway

This enchanted circular walk through Knockma Woods is both beautiful and filled with legend. It is said the legendary Maeve Queen of Connacht is buried in the cairns at the top of Knockma Hill. Among the moss-covered rocks and trees, Finnbheara the Fairy King of Connacht is also said to have built his fortress. Legend […]

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