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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 […]

The Wreck of the Steamship Plassey: Co Galway

On a recent visit to the Aran Islands I took this picture of the Motor Vessel Plassy (or Plassey). The vessel was built in the early 1940’s and acquired by the Limerick Steamship Company in 1951 and renamed Plassy.  On 8 March 1960, while sailing through Galway Bay carrying a cargo of whiskey, stained glass […]

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

Crossing the Bridge and the IRA Monument: Killaloe, Co Clare

Today, the historic arched bridge that crosses the Shannon River to connect the villages of Ballina in Co Tipperary and Killaloe in Co Clare adds to the charm of the area. However, in 1920 four members of the IRA were executed on the bridge by British forces. The men were accused of attacking a barracks […]

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 […]

The Long and Winding Road to Gleninchaquin: Beara Peninsula, Co Kerry

Hidden in a scenic glacial valley less than 20 miles from Kenmare is Gleninchaquin Park. A small one-track road meanders deep into the Beara Peninsula. At one point an even smaller side road leads to Uragh Stone Circle. As you near the park the vista opens to dramatically display Inchaquin Falls cascading about 300 feet […]

Oscar Wilde in the Park: Dublin

The jury’s out on whether Mr. Wilde would approve of the slightly bawdy statue commemorating him in Merrion Square. Perched on a rock in the park with a green carnation in his lapel (an historic clue to his homosexuality), the dapper writer’s gaze is split between the feminine figure of his pregnant wife on one […]

The Round House and Walking the Grand Canal: Tullamore, Co Offaly

The Round House at Boland’s Lock is one of the grandest lock keepers homes on the canal. When architect Michael Hayes submitted his bill to the Grand Canal directors in 1800, they refused to pay the bill due to its “extraordinary and unnecessary” extras… all details that make it even more interesting today. The Grand […]

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 […]

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