Historic Pubble Cemetery: Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

  Just 6 miles from Enniskillen is the Historic Pubble Cemetery. It is thought that this place has been used as a burial ground for over 1000 years. It is also believed St. Patrick preached at this place. Some 200 years later a wooden church was built here. This was eventually replaced with a stone […]

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Ballintubber Abbey: Ballintubber, Co Mayo

Ballintubber Abbey is a beautiful historical site of great sacred importance. The Abbey was founded in 1216 and will celebrate 800 years in 2016. The church was built by King Cathal Crovdearg O’Conor and local folklore tells the story that the king built the church there to repay the kindness of a man he once […]

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Barryscourt Castle

Barryscourt Castle is a wonderfully restored tower house, occupying a ancient site. The 16th century castle was home to the Barrymores a powerful branch of the Barry family and is in a bucolic setting near Carrigtowhill in West Cork. © 2013 Michele Erdvig IrelandYes: Barryscourt Castle Heritage Ireland: Barryscourt Castle

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Broome Bridge and Sir Hamilton’s Eureka Moment: Cabra, Co Dublin

Eureka! The Irish invention that helped to land a man on the Moon. This plaque is by the Royal Canal at Broome Bridge. It’s far from Dublin’s beaten track, yet, it is a place of pilgrimage to those in the know, and hundreds gather to mark the anniversary every October 16th. And what are they […]

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Broome Bridge and Sir Hamilton’s Eureka Moment: Cabra, Co Dublin

Eureka! The Irish invention that helped to land a man on the Moon. This plaque is by the Royal Canal at Broome Bridge. It’s far from Dublin’s beaten track, yet, it is a place of pilgrimage to those in the know, and hundreds gather to mark the anniversary every October 16th. And what are they […]

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Exploring the Hill of Tara – Sacred Well, Sheela-na-gig, and Sloping Trenches: Tara, Co Meath

Most people who visit Tara spend 20 minutes going to the top and back – and they miss so much. Tara has many hidden corners, and here are three of my favourites. The Sloping Trenches: these two round earthworks are away from the main track, on the quiet western side. They veer off the edge, […]

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The Wonderful Barn: Leixlip, Co Kildare

This bizarre structure was commissioned by Katherine Connolly, widow of the extremely wealthy William ‘Speaker’ Connolly. She had it built in 1743 not only as a working grain store, but as an eye catching architectural feature. It is said she started the project to keep the locals employed after a severe famine in 1740-41. Read […]

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Brandon Point, Mountain, and Village: Brandon, Co Kerry

Brandon is a much-bypassed area of the Dingle Peninsula, north of Dingle via the Conor Pass. Continue along the road to the sleepy, charming village. Check out the lovely beach and wild Atlantic waters. Drive farther and get up to Brandon Point, a fantastic view of the ocean from an observation deck. This is also […]

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Wine Strand Beach: Ballinrannig, Co Kerry

This lonely, windswept beach has a quiet beauty broken only by the tufts of sea grass that flutter in the strong wind, and the sea-black rocks the waves crash upon. It’s just off the Dingle loop, on the north end of the peninsula. There are a couple dinky caravans for rent there, which remind me […]

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Knockroe Passage Tomb: Knockroe, Co Kilkenny

Knockroe Passage tomb can be found on the picturesque slopes above the Lingaun River. Originally Knockroe would have been a similar tomb to Newgrange, albeit on a smaller scale, and like Newgrange, Knockroe too is aligned with the Winter Solstice. Knockroe has two burial chambers which are exposed as they long ago lost their earthen […]

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