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Mussenden Temple – photos and facts

Mussenden Temple

Mussenden Temple is a small circular building located on cliffs near Castlerock in County Derry, Northern Ireland. The temple was built in 1785 and forms part of the estate of Frederick Augustus Hervey, the 4th Earl of Bristol, Bishop of Derry. Built as a library and modeled from the Temple of Vesta in Italy, it is dedicated to the memory ... Read More »

Carrigafoyle Castle, Co. Kerry – photos and facts

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 ... Read More »

Ardgillan Castle Co. Dublin – An Eighteenth Century Irish Country House

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 ... Read More »

Trim Castle, Co. Meath – Photos And Facts

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 ... Read More »

Kells Priory, County Kilkenny – photos and facts

“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 ... Read More »

Dublin Castle: At the very heart of Irish history

“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 ... Read More »