Craddockstown West Standing Stone: Co Kildare

This standing stone across the road from Punchestown racecourse is definitely worth a visit. The stone is dotted with bits of quartz and the grain of the stone played tricks on my mind as I kept thinking I could see shapes on the stone out of the corner of my mind. The Standing Stone: Craddockstown […]

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Enjoy the View from the Christ the King Statue: Glen of Aherlow, Co Tipperary

Between the Slievenamuck and the Galtee Mountains lies the glorious Glen of Aherlow. The scenic pull-off on Slievenamuck provides one of the most accessible spots to take in the beauty of the glen. The area includes a picnic area, forest walks, and a Christ the King statue that looks out over the valley. The winding, […]

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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)

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Corcomroe Abbey: Ballyvaughan, Co Clare

We stopped by this abbey on our way out of Ballyvaughan and south to the next B&B in Dingle. The early morning light and mists made this place lonelier and more mystical than I had expected. It is situated on the edge of the Burren, and the ruined arches and graves were definitely a bit […]

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Quin Abbey: Quin, Co Clare

Quin Abbey is impressive, yet still charming and intimate. It is only about 9 miles from Ennis, and definitely worth a side trip to visit. I greatly enjoyed exploring this ruin and the surrounding grounds. It was filled with soaring arches and dancing shadows from the late afternoon sun. Nearby St. Mary’s Church is also […]

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Dysert O’Dea Castle and High Cross: Corofin, Co Clare

Dysert O’Dea is a simple tower castle hidden away in the rolling hills of County Clare, and worth a search. The keep itself is open for touring, and the story of the family is there for enjoyment. On the grounds you can find an old cannon and other memorabilia. If you go back down the […]

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Desmond Castle and the Hellfire Club: Askeaton, Co Limerick

Dominating the town, Desmond Castle was built in 1199 by William de Burgo and it became the dwelling place of the Kings of Munster. Next to the castle is the infamous Hellfire Club which was built in 1740 (curiously the same year that the friary in town was finally abandoned). The Standing Stone: Desmond Castle […]

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St Berrihert’s Kyle and Well: Glen of Aherlow, Co Tipperary

Truly hidden in the Glen of Aherlow, there are no signposts that will lead you to these sites dedicated to St Berrihert (sometimes called Bernihardt). From the road, a stile takes you over the fence to the path lined with rushes. The circular kyle is made up of more than 75 pieces of stones — […]

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Fethard Car Boot Sale: Co Tipperary

For the last 25 years, Fethard has been home to a notable car boot sale (flea market). Items range from antiques to laundry soap to parakeets. There is a small cafe on site, a large parking lot behind, and a very nice playground for the kids. The gates open at 11am and stallholders are usually […]

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A Titanic Memorial to John Flynn: Clonbur, Co Galway

While many Irish were leaving the country for a better life elsewhere, John Flynn had already established himself in Pennsylvania. He had returned to Clonbur to visit his sister, but an urgent letter from his wife called him back earlier than expected. The Boat Agent who sold him a ticket for the Titanic was located […]

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