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Discover Why There’s a Rooster, a Mouse, and a Fly on St Mochua’s Desk: Timahoe, Co Loais

In the shadow of the round tower in Timahoe, a peculiar piece of artwork has been erected. With no explanation, the average visitor is left wondering why a carved book rests on a column with a rooster, mouse and fly. The statue is called St Mochua’s Desk. Mochua is the saint who gave Timahoe its […]

Stooagh Ring Fort: Co. Laois.

This rather impressive rath (ring fort) is located in a bend in the road in the Slieve Bloom Mountains and could be easy to miss. Fortunately, the site is signposted. The Standing Stone: Stooagh, Rath, Co. Laois (full description)

Conquer the Rock of Dunamase: Aghnahily, Co Laois

Climbing around the ruins at Dunamase feels a bit like discovering a lost city. Enormous chunks of ancient buildings emerge from the hilltop offering a new and interesting view around every corner. The path to the site rises upwards, but it isn’t until you enter the ring of buildings that you realize just how prominently […]

Timahoe Round Tower: Timahoe, Co Laois

In addition to being one of the most complete round towers in Ireland, Timahoe is also one of the most decorative. That distinction comes from its rare Romanesque doorway with its four levels of carved design. As is the case with Irish round towers, the door is about 15 ft (5 meters) off the ground, […]

Heywood Gardens: Ballinakill, Co Laois

The terraced gardens lead to a wonderful nature walk along the river on one side and a lime tree walk takes you to a circular walled garden on the other. The fountain with turtles who spray water from their mouths were originally made of copper and were nearly lost when all but one had been […]

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