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St Mullin’s Monastic Site – Co Carlow

St. Mullin’s Monastic Site in County Carlow was founded in the early 8th century by St. Moling (614-697 AD) with the help of Gobán Saor Ireland’s celebrated builder. It ranks in importance with Glendalough and Clonmacnoise. Set on a hill overlooking a river the extensive ruins includes a cemetery, monastery, abbey, five churches and remains […]

A Journey to the Ancient Ring Forts: Cahersiveen, Co Kerry

While the Ring of Kerry has been favorite driving route for tourists, the two ancient stone forts near the village of Cahersiveen often get overlooked. The side-by-side forts can be found just outside of town where signs at a small car park point visitors to the short, rewarding walk to the sites. Cahergal Fort stands […]

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 […]

Beyond Glendalough’s Monastic City

The monastic city of Glendalough, just south of Dublin, is popular with tourists for its wonderful restored round tower, church, and picturesque views. But few tourists take the time to wander beyond the once bustling settlement and into the beautiful valley of the two lakes. In the Glendalough Valley are 9 marked walks of varying difficulty. […]

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

Meeting the Puffins on Skellig Michael: Co Kerry

A trip to Skellig Michael sometimes includes a rough sea crossing, but a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage site proves to be one of the most unforgettable experiences in Ireland. The island rises sharply out of the ocean and visitors are able to climb over 600 feet above sea level along stone stairs that […]

Craggaunowen – Walk Through Ireland’s History: Kilmurry, Co Clare

Most tourist to Ireland will miss Craggaunowen, though many of the country’s most popular sites lie nearby. A perfect site to pair with the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Bunratty or King John’s Castle, a visit to Craggaunowen allows you to walk through Ireland’s history in a way that is both fun an educational. Built […]

Uninterrupted Time at Rathgall Hillfort: Shillelagh, Co Wicklow

While not a place you would necessarily make a destination in itself, the Rathgall Hillfort in Wicklow (just west of Tullow, Carlow) is a lovely stop if you find yourself nearby. While excavations have taken place here, the site now sits on its peak awaiting any travelers who happen to search it out (or take […]

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 […]

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

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