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Kyteler's Inn Kilkenny built in the 12th century - The Irish Place

Woman or Witch? The History of Kyteler’s Inn

Dame Alice Kyteler was a glamorous and beautiful woman who was also one of the first in Ireland to be sentenced to be burned...
The Haunting Memorial Statues commemorating the Great Hunger on Customs House Quay in Dublin's Docklands - The Irish Place

Haunting Memorial: The ‘Famine’ Statues at Custom House Quay

While it is certainly true that Ireland is home to countless memorials, sites of historical interest, public sculptures and other installations, few make the...
The Brownshill Dolmen - The Irish Place

Rock of Ages: The Brownshill Dolmen

The ancient Brownshill Dolmen is an impressive example of a megalithic 'portal tomb'. This 'cromlech' (from the Irish 'crom' meaning 'curved and 'leac' meaning...
St. Canice's Cathedral and Round Tower in Kilkenny - The Irish Place

Medieval Marvel – St. Canice’s Cathedral

St. Canice's Cathedral was constructed during the early thirteenth century on a site that had long been regarded as sacred. The monastery that once...
Emer Mallon of Connla in action on the Celtic Harp - The Irish Place

Magical Music: The Celtic Harp

The Celtic Harp is known by a number of names, including the Irish, the Folk, and the Lever. It is indigenous to the following...
Waterford's iconic Reginald's Tower - The Irish Place

A Jewel in Waterford’s Crown: Reginald’s Tower

Reginald's Tower has dominated the east end of Waterford's pretty city quay for centuries. It was constructed as part of the defensive wall that...
The Tholsel on High Street in Kilkenny built on the site where in 1324 Petronella de Meath was burnt at the stake - The Irish Place

Ancient Gem: The Tholsel Through the Ages

One of the medieval city of Kilkenny's most notable landmarks is the Tholsel - the ancient town hall that is located in the beating...
The East Wing of Kilmainham Gaol - The Irish Place

The History of Kilmainham Gaol Prison

Kilmainham Gaol was built to replace an earlier, more basic prison. Among other pivotal events, it was here that leading members of both the...
The Button Accordion - The Irish Place

Irish Traditional Music: the Accordion and the Concertina

The accordion is an important instrument in Irish Traditional Music, including the ever-popular Ceili style, as is the concertina, and has been since its...
Cathal Hayden of the Máirtín O'Connor Trio - The Irish Place #doolinfest

So Sweet a Tune – Irish Fiddle History

Irish fiddle history goes back thousands of years to a time and place far from Celtic Ireland. It is one of the most essential instruments...
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