Dublin’s Secret Garden at Blessington Basin: Dublin, County Dublin

Opened in the 1810 to provide clean water to Dublin’s north side, the basin was officially named the Royal George Reservoir in honor of King George III. Water was piped two miles from County Westmeath along the Royal Canal, and in its day, the basin provided water to the Jameson and Power’s distilleries. The park […]

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The Relics of St Valentine: Dublin City, Co Dublin

On a street between St Stephen’s Green and St Patrick’s Cathedral, a pair of gold statues mark the entrance to Whitefriar Street Church. Run by the Carmelite community, the church and gift shop are filled with an abundance of religious statuary. It’s a quiet oasis in Dublin City Centre and welcomes a steady stream of […]

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Overlooking Lough Swilly at Burt Castle: Burt, Co Donegal

Burt Castle is a hidden gem that many people pass by without visiting. There is no road leading to it and it is actually now located on private farmland – however, this means that when you visit, you are likely to have the whole place to yourself. You can park your car on the road […]

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Tragedy at Menlo Castle: Galway, Co Galway

Menlo Castle, a once magnificent home of the Blake family was built in 1569 on the banks of the River Corrib. In 1910, Menlo Castle was gutted by fire trapping two servants & Miss Ellen, the invalided daughter of the Baronet & Lady Blake. The two servants were forced to jump from the roof of […]

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The Sky Road in Connemara – One of Ireland’s Most Dramatic Drives: Clifden, Co Galway

Driving the Sky Road in Clifden, Connemara, County Galway, for the first time is breathtakingly beautiful and heart-stopping-ly terrifying at the same time. The narrow road, the wild scenery and the cliff top views are incredible to describe with mere words. As you leave Clifden, the “Capital of Connemara”, the road climbs higher, becomes narrower […]

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A Home from the Family Who Brought Us the Galway Races: Tyrone, Co Galway

Located near Kilcolgan, Co. Galway, stands the ruins of the stately manor Tyrone House. Built in 1779 by Christopher French St. George whose estate was once the centre of foxhunting in the region. One of St George’s grandsons later helped to establish the Galway Races. Tyrone House is probably more famous for being torched by […]

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Secret Valley in the Wicklow Mountains: Aughrim, Co Wicklow

Aughavannagh Valley is a secluded valley deep in the Wicklow Mountains at the foot of Lugnaquilla the highest mountain in Wicklow. Steeped in history, the valley is also on the route of The Wicklow Way – Ireland’s most famous long distance walking trail. Wicklow Holiday: Aughavannagh Valley Wikipedia: Aughavannagh Wicklow Way: Official Site Submitted by […]

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Brownshill Dolmen: Ballynakillbeg, Co Carlow

This megalithic portal dolmen is thought to have been built between 4000 & 3000 BC by some of the earliest farmers to inhabit Ireland. The capstone of the Dolmen is reported to weigh an estimated 100 tonnes & reputed to be the heaviest in Europe. Wikipedia: Brownshill Dolmen Megalithic Ireland: Brownes Hill Portal Tomb Irish […]

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The Antiquities of Kilmalkedar: Dingle Peninsula, Co Kerry

Among the most significant churches on the Dingle Peninsula, this 12th Century Romanesque church reflects the builders’ efforts to modernize to more closely resemble churches in mainland Europe. Notable architectural features include a Hiberno-Romanesque doorway, blind arcading in the nave, and a chancel arch. The site is also dotted with interesting elements reflecting its more […]

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The Royal Celtic Capital of Connacht: Tulsk, Co Roscommon

Covering over four square miles, at least 200 sites and monuments, and tracing through history from the earliest settlement (8,000 years ago) right through Stone Age, Iron Age, and Gaelic Kingship to the latest Medieval – this complex of sites is the ‘Celtic Royal Capital’ of Connacht, the western province of Ireland. Druids, Queen Maeve, […]

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