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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 »

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 »

Spotted This Week – May 25th – Irish Interest

Another week down. TGIF! This coming Monday is Memorial Day in the United States. Be sure to Thank a Soldier. And now…down to business. Let’s take a look at some of the things that drew my attention this week. As usual, the focus is Irish interest. Beautiful Ireland IrishAmerica.com posted some great shots of Irish landscape photography by Eoghan Kavanagh, ... 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 »

Top Ten Irish Tourist Destinations

Ireland is a wonderful place to visit. It has so much to offer, with its deep history, friendly people and long standing traditions. Here we have compiled a list of ten of the most interesting places to visit on the island of Ireland. Read More »

Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone

Blarney is a small town just a few miles to the north of Cork City in the southern end or Ireland. Blarney is famously known across the globe for its castle, but probably more so for it’s world renowned Blarney Stone. Kissing the Blarney Stone will give you what is locally and affectionately known as the “gift of the gab”. Read More »