Uragh Stone Circle: Derrynamucklagh, Co Kerry

Nestled in a gorgeous valley, often filled with mists, Uragh Stone Circle lies on a low spit of land between Lough Inchiquin and Lough Cloonee in Gleninchiquin Park, on the Ring of Beara. The road in is narrow, winding, and a bit concerning at places, but it is well worth a trip in. There are […]

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Cashelkeelty Stone Circles: Lauragh, Co Kerry

As you drive out along the north edge of the Ring of Beara, you will pass Lauragh, and then see a forest to your left. There is a small turn in – don’t stop at the first one, go on to the second one. There are paths at both, but the second one will take […]

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Haroldstown Dolmen: Acaun, Co Carlow

The absolutely stunning portal tomb at Haroldstown is one of the finest examples of its type in Ireland. This Neolithic tomb consists of two large capstones supported by ten vertical stones. There are suggestions that this tomb was actually used as a home for a family during the nineteenth century, with the gaps between the […]

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Celtic and Prehistoric Museum: Ventry, Co Kerry

Harris Moore, an American ex-pat, started this private museum about 10 years ago, and has a wonderful collection of items, ranging from ancient bones and artifacts to more recent local crafts in his shop. The collection impressed me, and I’m not easily impressed! This is a fantastic stop on your way around the Dingle loop, […]

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Delicious Tea and Pancakes at The Strawberry Field: Blackwater, Co Kerry

The Strawberry Field is a fantastic tea and crepe/pancake restaurant, just 4k from Molls Gap on R568. We got there 15 minutes before closing, and had a much-anticipated afternoon tea with delightful, delicious, delectible crepes. We got several types of tea to share – Strawberry Vanilla, Blackcurrant, and Peppermint Tea. I ordered a lemon/honey crepe, […]

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Coomanaspig Pass: Near Port Magee, Co Kerry

Described as one of the highest places in Ireland to be reached by car, the Coomanaspig (Coomaneaspaig/Coom an Aspaig) Pass along the Skellig Ring in Co. Kerry, offers sweeping views that are unparalleled in the country. Located mid way between Ballinskelligs and Port Magee along the Skellig Ring Road, the steep mountain pass isn’t for […]

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Cole Monument: Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

Cole’s Monument stands high on Fort hill within Forthill Park & can be seen from anywhere in the town below. It was built in honour of Sir Galbraith Cole, who was one of Wellington’s generals and the son of the first Earl of Enniskillen. Started in 1845, it took 12 years to complete. 180 spiral […]

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Site of Ireland’s First Harp Festival: Granard, Co Longford

On the main street in Granard, a plaque denotes the town’s connection to traditional Irish Harp music. In 1781, they hosted the country’s very first harp festival at the Market House. The festival was hosted by a Granard-born business man named John Dungan who wanted to raise public interest in harp music. The festival was […]

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Mummies in the Crypt at St. Michan’s Church: Smithfield, Co Dublin

Above ground, the church houses an organ Handel supposedly favored and rehearsed his Messiah. Underground, the church’s crypts are an experience unto themselves. You’ll find yourself guided down the cobweb-lined stairs to vaults that house the death mask of early Irish rebel Wolff Tone and the coffins of the Sheare brothers whose sentences in the […]

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The Earthenworks at Lissanduff: Portballintrae, Co Antrim

An unexpected find in the seaside village of Portballintrae, the Lissanduff earthworks consist of two sets of concentric ringed mounds of earth. A scenic path with views of the bay leads from the car park to the earthen structures. Metal stairs have been installed to allow access over the mounds (and nice views). The purpose […]

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