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Pallas Castle: Tynagh, Co Galway

Built in the mid 13th century by Richard DeBurgo Pallas Castle in Tynagh is one of the best preserved Castle Keeps in Ireland but is largely unknown. The castle sits in a farm field and should be visited with respect for the farm and general countryside, close the gates and take home only what you […]

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 […]

Visit Wells House in Wexford for the Beautiful House, Gardens, and Family Fun

If your Ireland travels take you to the south east be sure to add Wells House & Gardens to your itinerary. The beautiful Victorian house itself is worth the trip. But add in everything else on site and you have a full day of fun and adventure! Beyond the house tour and garden walks adventurous […]

Irish Gothic Rosserk Friary, County Mayo

Built in the late Irish Gothic style, Rosserk Friary was founded in 1460 by a member of the Joyce family. This community was created for Third Order Franciscans… married men and women who chose to lead a Franciscan life, but due to their marital status could not join the First Order (friars) or the Second […]

Cahir Castle – One of Ireland’s best preserved and often missed castles, County Tipperary

The fastest route from Dublin to Cork follows the M7 & M8 through County Tipperary. And while many travelers make the stop at the castle-topped outcropping of stone in Cashel, very few make the small detour into Cahir. Cahir Castle is one of Ireland’s largest and most well preserved, held privately until 1961. Though used […]

A Night in Knappogue Castle, County Clare

Though the beautiful grounds and gardens are still accessible to visitors you can now only enter Knappogue Castle in two ways: at the nightly Medieval Banquet which takes place April – October, or by renting the castle (or being a guest of someone who is) for a special event or as lodging. We were incredibly fortunate […]

The Knights Templar in Templetown, Co Wexford

The lands along the western shore of Wexford were granted to the Knights Templars in 1172 by King Henry II. They set up Templetown as their headquarters. Visitors can wander around the tower and church. The date of the tower is unclear, but the church was built in the early 1800s. Ireland in Ruins Hook […]

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

The Medieval Treasures of Fethard: Co Tipperary

The village of Fethard is home to a surprising number of medieval ruins. The old walls still surround the village and a signposted walking route has been established. Visitors can stroll along a section of the tall walls from the grounds of Holy Trinity Church which was built by the Normans in the 1200s Inside […]

1000+ Years of Waterford History: Waterford, Co Waterford

When we visited Waterford recently we met many tourists who had plans to view the city’s famous crystal (which is stunning), wander a bit, and then quickly leave, allowing a mere 2 hours to “see it all”. I urge you to spend a bit more time in Waterford. It is, after all, the oldest city […]

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