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Oldcastle’s Ancient Court of Justice

About a quarter of a mile south of Oldcastle, and on the right-hand side of the road leading to Loughcrew, stands The Moat of Oldcastle, named on the Ordnance Map Mount Fortune. The … Continue Reading →


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Portumna Castle

Although ruined by fire in 1826, Portumna Castle is an imposing example of a semi-fortified house or ‘strong house’, a feature of Irish Architecture in the late 16th & 17th … Continue Reading →


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Ireland’s Tower Houses

A tower house is a type of small castle. They were built in Ireland in the 15th & 16th centuries by wealthy people of both Irish and Anglo-Norman descent. Tower … Continue Reading →


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Dunluce Castle

  Interesting Facts   1That story about the kitchens falling into the sea during a storm, taking seven cooks with it, seems a myth. Extensive paintings from the late 18th … Continue Reading →


Bealtaine

Bealtaine – The Fire of Bel

The astronomical calendar is something I always strongly try to follow as opposed to the widely accepted Gregorian version of the timeline of the year. There is something primal within making … Continue Reading →


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Ireland’s Ancient Roads

Anyone that makes a Tour of Ireland will probably not give much thought to the fact that, in years gone by, the country was well covered with Ireland’s ancient road … Continue Reading →


Tours of Ireland / Aengus & Caer

Aenghus & Caer

Aenghus was asleep one night, when he saw a young girl whom to him was the most beautiful woman in Ireland. He went to take her hand but as soon as he would try … Continue Reading →


Clonmacnoise

Clonmacnoise – The Meadow of The Sons of Nois

The beginnings of this monastery are humble. Ciarán sails down the Shannon with seven disciples to Clúan Moccu Nois, the Meadow of the Sons of Nois. His instruction from his … Continue Reading →


Corcomroe Abbey

Corcomroe Abbey

Corcomroe Abbey was founded in the 12th Century. It was once known as “St. Mary of the Fertile Rock”, a reference to the Burren’s fertile soil. The Cistercian order came … Continue Reading →


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Hore Abbey

Hore Abbey  (also known as St. Mary’s Abbey of the Rock) An Mainistir Liath (grey abbey)was the last Cistercian Abbey to be founded in Ireland in medieval times.The name Hore Abbey … Continue Reading →