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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Ireland’s Manliest Statue: Sixmilebridge, Co Clare

In what is probably the manliest sculpture in Ireland, artist Shane Gilmore gives us a shirtless, limestone lad marching unimpeded through the waters of the O’Garney River carrying the heavy tools of millwork, thus giving the artwork it’s title, The Miller Returns. The reference comes from 17th Century settlers of Dutch origin who started a […]

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Killeigh Holy Well and Rag Tree: Killeigh, Co Offaly

Among the “seven blessed wells of Killeigh, this dry stone wall channels water from a natural spring. Water from this well is said to heal eye ailments. An nearby abbey was founded St Senchell the Elder whose feast day is celebrated on March 26th. There is also an active rag tree on the site. The […]

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The Tomb of the Cormack Brothers: Loughmore, Co Tipperary

In 1858, two Tipperary brothers, Daniel and William Cormack, were convicted of murder. They insisted on their innocence, but the evidence, which was later found to be fabricated, was damning. They were hung outside Nenagh Gaol (Jail) on May 11, 1858, and buried on the prison grounds. Later, a man confessed to the murder, and […]

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Carrigafoyle Castle on the Banks of the Shannon: Ballylongford, County Kerry

We were wandering around the area, slowly making our way down from the ferry at Tarbert to Dingle, our stop for the evening. On the way, we explored some castles and abbeys. One that we came upon by accident was Carrigafoyle, which we saw across the river and had to go see. It was like […]

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Great for Families: The Donkey Sanctuary in County Cork

The Donkey Sanctuary just outside the village of Liscarroll in the north western part of County Cork is a perfect family outing in Ireland.  Sweet, fuzzy faced donkeys in all colors and sizes roam the fields, approaching fences to get the attention of visitors…  Attention that is often metted out in long, luxurious petting and […]

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Visit Some of Ireland’s Oldest Monuments and Tombs at Lough Gur: Bruff, Co Limerick

Long before Ireland became the ‘Land of Saints and Scholars’, it was the land of Druids and Celts. Stone age, and later Bronze age, peoples who arrived on the verdant shores and found a place that called to them spiritually. Some of Ireland’s oldest monuments and tombs lie near Lough Gur. As far back as […]

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The Saltee Islands – An Unrivalled Bird Sanctuary in Ireland’s Sunny Southeast

The Saltee Islands is comprised of a pair of privately owned, ancient islands, lying 3 miles off the coast of Kilmore Quay, County Wexford. The islands are well known to birdwatchers, and are considered to be one of the largest bird sanctuaries in the world. Over 220 species of bird have been recorded on the […]

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