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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 »

The Ruined Farmhouses of 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 ... Read More »

Catholic Mass Rock – A place to celebrate Mass during Penal Times

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 ... Read More »

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

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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 ... Read More »