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A road leads along the West coast of Lough Swilly to Fanad Head , where on stormy days wild Atlantic seas beat against the cliffs. A short way to the South is the small resort of Portsalon , in a beautiful setting beside the broad...

Narrow streets only 12ft wide in places – a legacy of Viking times – are crammed along Wexford’s waterfront , where the quays tell of the times when the town was a busy port. But the harbour silted up in the late 19th century and...

No building could look less like an Abbey , for when it was built in the 1830s for the Barrington family , Glenstal was designed as a castle in 12th century style. It has a great gate and a massive drum tower that resembles the...

Once the chief town of the Earls of Desmond , Kilmallock still retains much of its medieval past. It is named after the monastery built here in the 7th century by St Mocheallog. A large section of its walls , including the massive Blossom Gate...

Two miles beyond Dunmore Head , the Westernmost tip of the peninsula , monstrous humps of rock with dizzying cliff faces rise from the sea among a multitude of lesser rocks and reefs. These are the Blasket Islands , scene of many shipwrecks over the...

Whether you are planning to visit Ireland for a vacation , a golf trip , to find your ancestors , or for any other reason ...

About 4 miles off Sligo’s untamed Northern coast lies an uninhabited , windswept island that contains one of the best preserved early Christian monasteries in Ireland. The monastery was founded by St Molaise in the 6th century and destroyed by the Vikings in 807. Three...

Maurice:   I hope all is well and you had a good holiday season. I was going through some old emails and realized it was a little over one year ago we started the process of planning our tour of Ireland.   I wanted to let you know how...

The lighthouse at Hook Head is an astonishing building , if only for the fact it was constructed some 600 years before the stone-built lighthouses pioneered in the 18th century by James Smeaton. It was a Norman , Raymond le Gros , who built it...

Once known as Belfast Cathedral , this Anglican Cathedral was built between 1899 and 1927 on the site of the old parish church and still incorporates part of the original building. The cathedral is neo-Romanesque , 300ft long with a 120ft nave , and divided...