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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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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