A couple of weeks ago, I had the unexpected pleasure of receiving some drawings of Irish castles via Facebook.
Stephanie Castor uploaded the pen and ink drawings you see below, of 3 of Ireland’s most famous castles: Blarney Castle, Ross Castle and the Rock of Cashel.
Stephanie was very modest about her talent when I asked her about her artwork, but I’m sure you’ll agree, she sure knows how to capture beautiful Irish scenery in a remarkable way. I just love these sketches, and felt they’d be a great addition to the blog....
I’ve seen a lot of this castle on the internet in recent weeks. Most of that has been photos on Facebook that people have been sharing. I’ve never actually been to this castle in Co. Kerry, but I figured it’d be nice to compile a few photos, and some video, of it, and share it here with some facts about the castle’s history. The look of the castle alone intrigues me, and makes me want to have a wander around it, which I will certainly do, next time I’m in Kerry.
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Ardgillan Castle is a distinctive country house, set in a 194-acre demesne near Balbriggan in Co. Dublin. The house was built by the Reverend Robert Taylor in 1738 and remained in the Taylor family until 1962. In 1982 the house became the property of the local authority of Fingal County Council and opened its doors to the public for the first time. The house features castellated embellishments and overlooks the picturesque Barnageera Beach, the Irish Sea and Skerries. The castle consists of two storeys over a basement, which extends under the...
1. I’m probably not alone here when I say at the top of my favorite Northern Ireland attractions is The Causeway Coastal Route, which takes in counties Antrim and Derry, and approximately 80 miles of the most spectacular coastal scenery you will find anywhere in the world. A tour through this part of Northern Ireland will see you pass beautiful sites such as: The Giant’s Causeway, The Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, Dunluce Castle, Glenariff Forest Park and the award winning Portrush Whiterocks Beach.
image credit: Alan Bruce
Trim Castle (Irish: Caisleán Bhaile Atha Troim) can be found in the heritage town of Trim, County Meath, about 30 miles to the North East of Dublin City Center.
Sitting on the banks of the River Boyne, the remains of Trim Castle are those of the largest Anglo-Norman Castle in Ireland.
Guided tours of the castle are available. Click here for more information (pricing, hours, seasonal info).
Trim Castle – Photos And Facts
Trim Castle was built by Hugh de Lacy with construction first beginning in the late 12th century.
Trim Castle is...
Few things can produce a panic in me as getting a flat tire… in a rental car… in the middle of nowhere…in a foreign country. But sure enough, that was the predicament in which my husband and I found ourselves on our first trip to my Mother’s homeland of Ireland.
“Kells Priory is one of the largest and most impressive medieval monuments in Ireland.
The Augustine priory is situated alongside King’s River beside the village of Kells, about 15 km south of the medieval city of Kilkenny. The priory is a National Monument and is in the guardianship of the Office of Public Works. One of its most striking feature is a collection of medieval tower houses spaced at intervals along and within walls which enclose a site of just over 3 acres (12,000 m2). These give the priory the appearance more of a...
So many people want to get married in an Irish castle – and who can blame them? You’re going to get beautiful scenery, amazing wedding day photos, probably some of the best catering on offer, and you’ll be saying “I Do” in a place of immense Irish historical importance. (image credit)
The following is a list of people in the celebrity limelight what have decided to get hitched in some of our more spectacular Irish Castles.
Irish Castle Celebrity Weddings
- In 2002 ex-Beatle Paul McCartney married Heather Mills in...
Eoghan Kavanagh is an Irish Landscape photographer. Evan Payne is an Irish American filmmaker. Together, they aim to explore and document all the corners of the Emerald Isle, starting with The Skelligs. They are asking for funding for their project on Kickstarter.com, and last week, having reached their primary goal, they took a short scouting trip to the islands. Here is what Evan wrote:
It is difficult to put into words just how moving and inspiring our first trip to the Skelligs was.
I think that both Eoghan and myself expected to be able...
“Dublin Castle (Irish: Caisleán Bhaile Átha Cliath) off Dame Street, Dublin, Ireland, was until 1922 the seat of British rule in Ireland, and is now a major Irish government complex. Most of it dates from the 18th century, though a castle has stood on the site since the days of King John, the first Lord of Ireland. The Castle served as the seat of English, then later British government of Ireland under the Lordship of Ireland (1171–1541), the Kingdom of Ireland (1541–1800), and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland...
Can you believe a family once lived here?
There are ruined farmhouses like this one all over Ireland. These days many stand in ruin, wasting away and being used as makeshift farm walls, or a place for farmers to store a few things.
What do you think – should some of them be restored to their former glory? Or should nature be allowed to take its course? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.
Either way, they have an unmistakable place place in Irish history, and it’s great that so many are still dotted around...
Penal Laws were imposed by the ruling British on Irish Roman Catholics during the 1600′s and 1700′s, in a bid to force people to accept the reformed Christian faith.
The laws were very restrictive and have had a long and lasting effect on the daily life of Irish Catholics. The laws included:
-Restrictions on how children of Catholics were educated
-Banning Catholics from holding public office or serving in the army
-Expelling Catholic clergy from the country, or executing them
-Taking land and distributing it among British...
Shandon Tower in Cork City is without doubt one of the city's most spectacular buildings. Built in the 1700's it is still an imposing figure on the Cork City skyline today.
Kinsale in Co. Cork is a lovely spot for a day out. If you’re going to Kinsale try to go on a sunny day, because the scenery around the town is probably what is most attractive about the place. Kinsale is also very famous for it’s fine restaurants and sea food, and is commonly referred to as the gourmet capital of Ireland.
Just outside Kinsale, across the “new bridge”, is a beautiful hidden little beach. The beach is known locally as Platters & Dishes (named after the area where the local gentry from centuries...
Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin is one of the city's top tourist attractions. The fact that the church is almost one thousand years old is in itself enough to draw many visitors, but the beauty of the building and all it encompasses are what will have people coming back again and again.
Bunratty Castle is a large castle in County Clare in the west of Ireland. Bunratty falls into the category of a “Tower House” which was a style of castle built for defensive as well as habitation purposes.
The name Bunratty Castle when translated to Irish is Caisleán Bhun Raithe, which litteraly means the castle at the mouth of the Ratty. The Ratty is a river which flows alongside the castle.
The castle as it stands today was built sometime around 1425 but the first dwellings on the site date back all the way to the Viking times...
Find the Blackrock Castle online...
I spent a few days in Galway a couple of years ago, and while there I stayed in the Claregalway hotel around 7 or 8 miles from Galway city center. Just a short distance from the hotel was the Claregalway Friary, a medieval Franciscan abbey.
There’s not a whole lot in the town of Claregalway itself, but it’s a good place to base yourself if you’re looking to take a couple of day trips to surrounding sites. We managed to fit in the Cliffs of Moher, Galway City Center and The Burren.
I kind of stumbled upon the Claregalway...