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The Heritage of Ireland is rich and varied. One is spoiled for choice with monuments that can be visited that are older than the Egyptian Pyramids and Stonehenge dotted around the country. As well as the Megalithic Monuments there are also an amazing number of Castles, Ancient Monastic Sites, Round Towers, Holy Wells, Museums, etc. that can be visited.

Mount Melleray Abbey - The Irish Place

The Cistercian Monastery of Mount Melleray

The original Cistercian Monastery was founded in 1098 and took its name from its location - the town of Cîteaux near Dijon. The founding fathers...
Statue of St Brigits at St Brigits Holy Well, Kildare - The Irish Place

The History of Ireland’s Second Saint, St Brigit

St Brigit is one of the best-known saints in Ireland, and regarded by many as being the country's second patron saint after the official...
The Towers at Ballysaggartmore, Co. Waterford - The Irish Place

The History of Ballysaggartmore Towers

Ballysaggartmore Towers were the brainchild of Arthur Keily-Ussher. He is a man remembered more for his appallingly cruel behaviour towards his tenants during the Great...
Drombeg Stone Circle - The Irish Place

County Cork’s Ancient Past: The Drombeg Stone Circle

Ireland's green and verdant landscape is dotted with many types of megalithic monument, with the stone circle being amongst the most impressive. While they may...
The Cross of Lorraine on the gable wall of Kilnaboy Church - The Irish Place

Kilnaboy: Round Tower and Rare Lorraine Cross

The Medieval Church at Kilnaboy sits on an ancient site that was once a female ritual centre headed by the legendary Abbess Inghean Baoith. The...
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...
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...
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