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Ardmore , County Waterford

This lovely village has the remains of a 7th century monastic settlement founded by St. Declan. The 97ft round tower which dominates the area was one of the last to be built in Ireland. Inside , ugly carved stone heads protrude from the walls. Ardmore is a real hidden gem and a must see on […]

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Kilkenny City , County Kilkenny

One of Ireland’s most attractive towns , where medieval lanes and buildings blend with Georgian elegance. The town initially grew round a monastery founded by St. Canice in the 6th century. The tower built on the same site four hundred years laer can be climbed , while the adjoining 13th century St. Canice’s Cathedral contains […]

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Roscrea , County Tipperary

A road passes between the remains of an Augustinian monastery , built in 1100. On one side is a round tower , capless since 1135 and missing 20ft since 1798 when a cannon mounted there backfired. On the far side of the road are the remains of the priory , used as an entrance to […]

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Kenmare , County Kerry

The town was founded in 1670 on land given to Sir William Petty by the English government. The colonists fought off local attacks while they established a foundry and set up a fishery but were finally forced to flee when the town was besieged by 3000 men in 1688. The colony was re-established , however […]

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Devenish Island , Lough Erne , County Fermanagh

The monastery here was founded by St. Molaise in the 6th century , and the impressive remains include a 12th century church , oratory and tower. Further along the Island are the ruins of the later Augustinian Abbey of St. Mary and graveyard. Though founded in the 12th century , most of the remains date […]

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Monaghan , County Monaghan

The county town has some remains of a 15th century friary near The Diamond. The nearby ornate Victorian drinking fountain is a memorial to a Baron Rossmore. A museum tracing the history of the St. Louis order and the county is housed in the St. Louis Convent. Monaghan is a real hidden gem and is […]

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Ballinrobe , County Mayo

The town , on the Robe River , and near both Lough Mask and Lough Carra , is a popular angling base. On its outskirts are the remains of a 14th century Augustinian friary. About 4 miles South West is Lough Mask House. This was the residence of Capt. Charles Boycott , the agent of […]

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Galway City , County Galway

The chief town of Connacht , and a thriving industrial and university town. It has become home to a very lively arts movement , which includes the Druid Theatre , An Taibhdhearc , and Macnas , which stages spectacular street pageants. The town began with the seizure of an O’Halloran settlement and fort by the […]

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Lough Gur , County Limerick

The area around the lake is one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites. There is a centre housed in replica Neolithic dwellings. Its exhibits tell the story of 5000 years of human in-habitation at the lough. The surrounding area is full of archaeological features , including crannogs , a gallery grave (where 12 bodies dating […]

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Rathcroghan , County Roscommon

This grossly undeveloped area , which was a burial place for the Kings of Ireland and Connacht , covers 518 hectares. Over 20 ring forts , burial mounds and megalithic tombs can be found here , and a 6ft high standing stone is said to mark the grave of King Daithi , Ireland’s last pagan […]