Moyry Castle: Carrickbroad, Co Armagh

The square defensive tower house was built in 1601 to protect the Gap of Moyry and the Gap of the North, and its rounded corners give it a unique look. The nearby railroad crossing was one of the most-bombed bridges during “The Troubles” as the IRA made efforts disrupt the rail line between Belfast and […]

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Explore the Thatched Cottages: Glencolmcille, Co Donegal

Glencolmcille Folk Village is the realized dream of Father Dyer, a local who wanted to do something to increase tourism and industry to this seaside town. He did so by setting up several cottages to portray life in various times through Irish history – 1750, 1800, 1850, etc. Each cottage (all with thatched roofs, of […]

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William Butler Yeats Retreat: Gort, Co Galway

Thoor Ballylee was originally a Norman Tower House built in the 1500’s. More recently the tower was encompassed by the Gregory Estate. But the fame of the Tower began when William Butler Yeats purchased the property as a family home. Much restoration was required to transform the former fortress into a family home fit for […]

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Sandy Seaside Inlet: Adara, Co Donegal

The beach near Ardara features a very long inlet with villages all along it and a wonderful rock outcropping that gets slammed by the waves on a windy day. On the other side of the inlet is the Eos Waterfall and Maghera sea caves – with a surreal exploration into 7 foot tall sand dunes […]

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Keyhole Cross at Layde Church: Cushendall, Co Antrim

Layde Church is a small, ruined church near Cushendall. It has a delightful high cross and a keyhole cross, old and worn, as well as several other monuments and graves on a steep hill next to the sea. It’s a little difficult to find – in Cushendall, drive passed the grocery store and park to […]

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Holy Well and Mass Rock: Beach, Co. Cork

This mass rock and holy well are a bit difficult to find, but well worth the effort. They are on private property but the owner was pleased to direct us across his land to the spot. The GPS location marks a nearby B&B. From there head east toward the N71; little brown signs point the […]

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Ireland’s Last Beetling Mill: Cookstown, Co Tyrone

I couldn’t resist stopping at a place with a name like beetling mill. Ends up beetling was the final step in Northern Ireland’s once-booming linen production. The original 1790s machinery inside still works.  The site is beautifully situated, and a walk around the back to see the wheel and sluice gate is worth a peek. […]

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World War II Beacon: Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

Lough Erne served as Britain’s western-most flying boat station during World War II. Castle Archdale was set up as a Royal Air Force base in an effort to protect Atlantic shipping from German U-boats. A beacon was erected on the point to assist the planes as they made their water landings. A museum at Castle […]

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Postcard Perfect View of Clifden: Co Galway

Ever wondered where the calendar and postcard photos of Clifden were taken from? Heading out of town and 3/4 mile along the Sky Road is a gated entry to Memorial Hill. Crowning the Hill is a simple memorial to John D’Arcy who founded the town around 1812. Of course the memorial was first started shortly […]

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Holy Wells in Ballynakill Parish: Woodford, Co Galway

We have two holy wells still active in the Ballynakill Parish. These fall within the Woodford, Galway town boundaries. The first is St Anne’s well and the graveyard for unbaptised children. Found turning off the Loghderg drive R352 at Gorteeny onto the parallel lane. Doubling back in the direction of Portumna the well is on […]

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