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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 »

The Buskers and Street Entertainers of Dublin’s Grafton Street

The Lonely Planet Dublin City Travel Guide describes Grafton Street as the “buskers’ Carnegie Hall” and praises some of the performers that ply their trade there by hailing them as “absolutely sensational”. Speaking from first hand experience, they are not far wrong. I picked up the Dublin City Travel Guide for my 3 day stay there back in April. They ... Read More »

The Northern Ireland Wall Murals YouTube Video

To follow up from the previous post I wrote, about the wall murals of Northern Ireland, I wanted to share this YouTube video that I found that I think you’ll enjoy. I tried to post quite a few images from both sides of the conflict in that previous post, but in this 4 minute video you will see so many ... 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 »

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 »