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The Tomb of the Cormack Brothers: Loughmore, Co Tipperary

In 1858, two Tipperary brothers, Daniel and William Cormack, were convicted of murder. They insisted on their innocence, but the evidence, which was later found to be fabricated, was damning. They were hung outside Nenagh Gaol (Jail) on May 11, 1858, and buried on the prison grounds. Later, a man confessed to the murder, and […]

Visit Some of Ireland’s Oldest Monuments and Tombs at Lough Gur: Bruff, Co Limerick

Long before Ireland became the ‘Land of Saints and Scholars’, it was the land of Druids and Celts. Stone age, and later Bronze age, peoples who arrived on the verdant shores and found a place that called to them spiritually. Some of Ireland’s oldest monuments and tombs lie near Lough Gur. As far back as […]

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)

Remembering the Victims of the Titanic: Cahir, Co Tipperary

With the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic in April 2012, small memorials are popping up all over Ireland to note locals who boarded the ship. In Cahir, a plaque has been installed on the Halpin House to mark four locals who were on the ship… only one survived. The Nationalist: Cahir remembers […]

The “Lucky” Headless Child of Prague and the Secrets of Bunratty: Co Clare

Although a stop at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park won’t put you off-the-beaten-path, a few things in the park are definitely worthy of “offbeat” status. Inside J.J. Corry’s Pub, just above one of the doors, a headless Child of Prague statue stands over everyone who enters and leaves. How’d something like that miss inspection? Well, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Grainne’s Tower – Killdavnet Castle: Achill Island, Co Mayo

Kildavnet Castle is a simple, 15th century tower located near Dooega on Achill Island. It’s most famous owner was Grainne Mhaol, or Grace O’Malley, the Irish pirate queen. Situated on a picturesque coastline near a small village, and just down the road from the stunning Keem Bay and Ashleam, this strong structure is literally RIGHT […]

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