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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Discovering a Local Legend of St Nicholas at Jerpoint Park: Jerpoint, Co Kilkenny

I remember hearing the local legend of St. Nicholas being buried near Jerpoint Abbey when I visited in 2008.  We were told that the nearby Church of St. Nicholas as his final resting place after his remains were brought to Ireland by two Crusading knights. At that time the church wasn’t easy to get to […]

A Visit to Yeats’ Grave: Drumcliff, Co Sligo

The Pulitzer Prize winning poet W. B. Yeats died in France in 1939, but according to his wishes he was interned in the cemetery at St. Columba’s Church of Ireland. His request read… “Under bare Ben Bulben’s head In Drumcliff churchyard Yeats is laid. An ancestor was rector there Long years ago, a church stands […]

Visiting Clonmacnoise: Clonmacnoise, Co Offally

If you think of High Crosses and Round Towers when you picture Ireland, a visit to Clonmacnoise in County Offaly should probably be part of your itinerary. Once a center of learning, religion and trade, Clonmacnoise sat at the junction of Ireland’s north/south and east/west trade routes. Founded by Saint Ciarán in the 6th century, you’ll find […]

Majestic Kilcrea Abbey: Ovens, Co Cork

One of Cork’s most majestic Abbey ruins, located just South of the Cork to Killarney Road (N20, between Ovens and Farran. It is located closer to Cork, rather than Macroom. If you stand at the entrance gate to Kilcrea Abbey, facing away, to the West, sighting along the tree-lined boulevard, you can see Kilcrea Castle […]

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