Portumna Castle and Kitchen Garden: Portumna, County Galway

The Castle which was destroyed by an accidental fire in 1826 is currently undergoing extensive internal restoration. This semi fortified Manor House currently has only the lower floors of the building accessible at this time. There are information boards and a video giving details of the history and former owners with close links to the […]

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Discover Why There’s a Rooster, a Mouse, and a Fly on St Mochua’s Desk: Timahoe, Co Loais

In the shadow of the round tower in Timahoe, a peculiar piece of artwork has been erected. With no explanation, the average visitor is left wondering why a carved book rests on a column with a rooster, mouse and fly. The statue is called St Mochua’s Desk. Mochua is the saint who gave Timahoe its […]

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Aghade Bullaun Stone: Tullow, Co. Carlow.

Located south of Tullow on the grounds of All Saint Church of Ireland, this site shows us an example of a bullaun stone. These stones feature a cup-shaped hollow that are associated with religion and magic. The water collected in these stones was believed to cure ailments. These stones were common in early Christianity in […]

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Craddockstown West Standing Stone: Co Kildare

This standing stone across the road from Punchestown racecourse is definitely worth a visit. The stone is dotted with bits of quartz and the grain of the stone played tricks on my mind as I kept thinking I could see shapes on the stone out of the corner of my mind. The Standing Stone: Craddockstown […]

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Enjoy the View from the Christ the King Statue: Glen of Aherlow, Co Tipperary

Between the Slievenamuck and the Galtee Mountains lies the glorious Glen of Aherlow. The scenic pull-off on Slievenamuck provides one of the most accessible spots to take in the beauty of the glen. The area includes a picnic area, forest walks, and a Christ the King statue that looks out over the valley. The winding, […]

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Stooagh Ring Fort: Co. Laois.

This rather impressive rath (ring fort) is located in a bend in the road in the Slieve Bloom Mountains and could be easy to miss. Fortunately, the site is signposted. The Standing Stone: Stooagh, Rath, Co. Laois (full description)

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Corcomroe Abbey: Ballyvaughan, Co Clare

We stopped by this abbey on our way out of Ballyvaughan and south to the next B&B in Dingle. The early morning light and mists made this place lonelier and more mystical than I had expected. It is situated on the edge of the Burren, and the ruined arches and graves were definitely a bit […]

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Quin Abbey: Quin, Co Clare

Quin Abbey is impressive, yet still charming and intimate. It is only about 9 miles from Ennis, and definitely worth a side trip to visit. I greatly enjoyed exploring this ruin and the surrounding grounds. It was filled with soaring arches and dancing shadows from the late afternoon sun. Nearby St. Mary’s Church is also […]

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Dysert O’Dea Castle and High Cross: Corofin, Co Clare

Dysert O’Dea is a simple tower castle hidden away in the rolling hills of County Clare, and worth a search. The keep itself is open for touring, and the story of the family is there for enjoyment. On the grounds you can find an old cannon and other memorabilia. If you go back down the […]

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Desmond Castle and the Hellfire Club: Askeaton, Co Limerick

Dominating the town, Desmond Castle was built in 1199 by William de Burgo and it became the dwelling place of the Kings of Munster. Next to the castle is the infamous Hellfire Club which was built in 1740 (curiously the same year that the friary in town was finally abandoned). The Standing Stone: Desmond Castle […]

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