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Donamon Castle, County Roscommon

One of the oldest inhabited buildings in Ireland, Donamon Castle is an architectural marvel located in County Roscommon in the Republic of Ireland. Named Donamon or Dun Lomghuin, meaning the fortress of Lomghuin, this castle stands on a raised ground. The earliest reference to this spectacular castle has been found in the Annals of the Four Masters, which dates back to 1154. The site on which the castle stands has been referred to as the seat of the O’Finaghtys and was later on passed on to the Burkes.

After few decades, in 1656, the Donamon Castle was bought by one of the henchmen of Cromwell, Robert King of Rickingham. Later on, in 1668 the castle was leased to Thomas Caulifield by Lord Kingston, who was son of the King. The castle was once under the control of an IRA unit led by Seán McCool and Mick Price, with the aim to establish a training camp. Centuries later, precisely in the year 1939, the castle was bought by the Divine Word Missionaries from Germany. At that point in time, the Donamon Castle was in a ruinous condition and even the garden a wilderness.

Years later, OCA conducted a comprehensive survey and prepared detailed drawings of the existing structures of this 14th century fortified residence. Thereafter, Mary O’Carroll was assigned the task of refurbishing the castle as well the 19th century extensions. With renovation, everything was restored to render grandeur to the Donamon Castle. At present, the Donamon Castle that overlooks River Suck is a popular historical landmark of Roscommon that attracts tourists year-round.

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Dahlia Garden, County Kilkenny

dahlia-garden-1-2257357dahlia-garden-1-2257357dahlia-garden-2-4012917dahlia-garden-3-8962822dahlia-garden-4-1043026dahlia-garden-5-4150228dahlia-garden-6-7258006dahlia-garden-7-9933230dahlia-garden-8-1367053dahlia-garden-9-6502120 Dahlia Garden is located in The Rower which is a small village of in County Kilkenny. This Irish tourist attraction sprawls over an area of half an acre where one can find a collection of three hundred, both old and new, varieties of Dahlia. In addition to Dahlia flowers, one can also enjoy the fragrance of a wide selection of chrysanthemum as well as study herbaceous plants. For those fond of observing plant life, this place can prove to be a heaven on Earth. The pleasure one will derive from the thriving flora, the colorful sights and many fragrances is out of the world. This makes Dahlia Garden a place worth visiting in County Kilkenny. collapse-large-5424342

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Tullaherin Local Museum
Tullaherin is a beautiful destination located seven miles to south-east of Kilkenny City in County Kilkenny. This beauti…read on

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Kilmacoliver Hill
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Pococke Golf Course
The Pococke Golf Course, located in County Kilkenny of the Republic of Ireland, is one among the many 18 holes courses…read on

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Dahlia Garden
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Kilmacoliver Hill, County Kilkenny

kilmacoliver-hill-0-7923383kilmacoliver-hill-0-7923383 Located in the south-east of Ireland in the province of Leinster is a land of magnificent beauty, County Kilkenny. County is fantastic blend of past and present with the preservation of its medieval past. Evidences from all the eras can been seen in County Kilkenny, encompassing Anglo-Irish castles and Norman castles of the Stone Age, Georgian urban buildings, villages and town with unique and marvelous architectures.

Kilmacoliver Hill is one of the perfect examples of splendid natural beauties of County Kilkenny. At the summit of the Kilmacoliver Hill, there is an enclosure of standing stones forming circular shape. This circular megalithic tomb, also known as the Burial Ground, dates back 5000 years. Apart from this, one can enjoy the panoramic views of various counties such as Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford, Tipperary and Carlow from the summit of Kilmacoliver Hill.

The walk to the Kilmacoliver Hill is an unforgettable experience that can be treasured for rest of the lifetime. Kilmacoliver Hill and the walk reaching up to it, is the most blissful experience offered by County Kilkenny. Kilmacoliver walk is about 12 km from the Kilkenny city and the trail is 6 km in length.

The walk to Kilmacoliver Hill is designed in such a way that it truly brings to the fore the splendid beauty of Kilkenny’s astonishing countryside, apart from showcasing the rich architectural gifts. While walking up the hill, one can catch glimpse of the Tullahought village and landscapes and rejoice in private woodland of broadleaf trees while walking down the hill.

Walk to Kilmacoliver Hill is an enchanting experience for the walkers which leave an indelible mark on their hearts and mind.             

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Tullaherin Local Museum
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Kilmacoliver Hill
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Pococke Golf Course
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Dahlia Garden
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County Kilkenny

The county of Kilkenny is located in the Nore Valley between the banks of River Nore, in the south eastern part of Ireland in the province of Leinster, Kilkenny covers an area of around 3.74 square kilometers, with an elevation of 60 meters above mean sea level.
In the republic of Ireland Kilkenny is the smallest city and is the only among the other city that is not tidal. As it is close to the river valleys its temperature is quite low when the nights are cloudless. The climate is quite unpredictable as it keeps on changing as a result it has recorded some of the highest summer temperature and lowest winter temperatures.

It is about 117 km away from the capital Dublin and 48 km to the northern part of city Waterford.
Kilkenny’s first council election was held in 1231 and in the same year the first council was elected. From the day there has been continuous municipal government rule. In between the 13th century and the 16th century the chief magistrate was known as the sovereign and after that the ‘Mayor’. Earlier the town used to be a monastic settlement and after some time it started developing Louth and grew to a Norman merchant town in the Middle Ages.

You may find only a few cities with a beautiful blend of ancient culture and new traditions all together. To some it may be confusing and some consider it as a unique culture. The visitors may take a lot of time to experience and to appreciate both new and old faces of Derry with a fascinating cultural diversity.
The city is internationally acclaimed for the quality work done by its citizens and residents, these people are keeping the art and craft industry alive for over a decade. It does not matter whatever taste you have, whether it is pottery or leather work but your trip is incomplete without visiting any one of its craft workshops or retail studios where you can find some of the exceptional works.

The historical and ancient facts about Kilkenny are not less than any treasure to the people who study the past and are very much fascinated by the varied heritage attractions. Some of the religious attractions being the Augustinian Priory, Black Abbey and Jerpoint Abbey are very attractive and worth a visit, those who like adventure and for children Kilkenny Castle is the answer.
Because of its enticing nightlife and many international festivals being hosted there, it is one of the top selections of the people who seek entertainment with adventure. People who like comedy, they visit the annual Cat Laughs festival and those who have a passion for music, Kilkenny also has an arts and music festival including several other cultural attractions. The saying is quite right that County Kilkenny has a live beating heart, and has everything for everybody.

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Tullaherin Local Museum
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Kilmacoliver Hill
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Pococke Golf Course
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Dahlia Garden
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Kilkenny City, County Kilkenny

kilkenny-city-0-6460505kilkenny-city-0-6460505kilkenny-city-1-8113638olympus-digital-camera-3kilkenny-city-3-9323006 Kilkenny, a fascinating and vivacious city, is situated on both banks of River Nore at the center of County Kilkenny. County Kilkenny is located in the province of Leinster, south-east of Ireland. Popularly known as the ‘The Marble City’, Kilkenny city is the administrative center of the County Kilkenny in Ireland. 

The history of Kilkenny marked its beginning with an early sixth century ecclesiastical foundation. Subsequent invasion of Ireland by Norman led to the architectural developments with the building of a series of walls and castles that were built to protect the burghers. In 1207, Kilkenny was chartered as a town by Lord of Leinster, William Marshall. Around the end of 13th century, the control of the town was under Norman-Irish. 1609, was a significant year in the history of Kilkenny when a royal charter by King James I of England granted this place the status of a city.

Magnificent medieval architectures looking over the ancient streets impress one and all. Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice’s Cathedral & tower are the two well known examples that depict the rich culture and heritage of the city. Kilkenny Castle was built in the 12th century and was remodeled in Victorian times. Major restoration work was carried out to preserve this magnificent castle. This stupendous castle includes drawing room, bedrooms, a library, and an exquisite gallery in the central block of the castle. In addition, there are several other places in the city that capture one’s attention such as the gardens of the Kilkenny Castle that spread over 50 acres displaying tranquil rose garden.

The St. Canice Cathedral, named after the renowned Saint Canice, was built in the 13th century and is also known as Kilkenny Cathedral. It is the second largest Cathedral in Ireland and holds major importance for the reason that since sixth century this has been a place of worship for Christians. The Rothe house, Black Abbey, St. Mary Cathedral, Green’s bridge, John’s Bridge and many other places are also quite popular. Kilkenny is also famous for its rich culture which is reflected in environs of the city that includes numerous theaters like the Watergate Theater, as well as craft and design workshops. It also hosts numerous cultural events like the Cat Laughs comedy festival, Kilkenny Arts Week as well as the Rhythm and Roots festival and the Source concert, which is a must for music lovers. Another major destination is the Jenkinstown Park. The Park is home to a variety of deer and some rare trees. The Park was once a pert of the Bryan-Bellow Estate, of which the castle ruins and walls can still be seen today.

The place leaves an impression on the minds of every individual with its offerings that include rich heritage, culture, architecture, and vibrant life.

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Tullaherin Local Museum
Tullaherin is a beautiful destination located seven miles to south-east of Kilkenny City in County Kilkenny. This beauti…read on

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Kilmacoliver Hill
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Pococke Golf Course
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Dahlia Garden
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Bremore Castle, County Dublin

bremore-castle-0-3537991bremore-castle-0-3537991 Bremore Castle is a large tower house located north of Balbriggan, County Dublin. Estimated to have been built in the 14th century, the Norman Barnewalls family held it from the time of construction till 1727, the year in which it was sold. However, the first mention of this castle or its location was in reference to William Rosel De Brimor, who held land in England and Ireland in the end of 13th century. Its deterioration began much before the sale, and by 1783, it was termed as “not many years ago inhabited” by Austin Cooper, a prominent antiquarian of that time. Presently, this grand structure has been reduced to ruins, with the remains standing in place since the mid and late 16th century.

Though repairs are being carried out by the Parks Department of Fingal County Council and the Balbriggan and District Historical Society, the work has not been finished in more than a decade. The upper storeys of the castle had collapsed long ago and the castle has, now, been reduced to an expansive single floor structure. Therefore, the two organisations have put up scaffoldings all around the castle to support it in the best possible manner. However, the delays are making it difficult for the two to keep it up in its existing shape, let alone repair it. The locals of the city are angry that very little funds are earmarked for its reconstruction, even though millions were readily available for Malahide Castle located nearby. The neglected site is termed an “eyesore” by them, and hazardous to people who are working in the rubble. The council plans that after reconstruction, it would be open to public and its grounds would become a public park located near Martello Tower and town centre.

Almost 45 m south of Bremore Castle lay the ruins of a chapel that was erected in late-medieval times. It is also located near a site that was inhabited in prehistoric times, circa 2,000 B.C. The most prominent evidence of this fact is the Fulacht Fiadh or cooking place located just 50 m away from one of the five mounds dug up at this site. All experts and archaeologists concur that the circular mounds constituted the Passage Tomb cemetery for funerals during the time of usage. The presence of a ‘rude stone basin’ further fortifies the fact that it was a burial site for the people who had settled at this site. The five mounds are located within short distances of each other, with average diameters of the mounds ranging from 9 m to 20 m. Four of these mounds have kerbstones along the sides and edges, while one has become ovoid in shape due to the impact of fencing.

Being close to the shoreline of River Delvin and having volcanic and sedimentary rocks, Bremore headland became a prominent harbour by mid 16th century. However, the Cardy Rocks located just 750 m off the shore of the headland made it very dangerous for ships to navigate in these waters. Till now, 12 shipwrecks have been recorded in this area, with the loss of Bell Hill in 1875 being the biggest. As per local tradition, the bodies of the dead were below cairns situated near the headland.

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Portmarnock
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Malahide
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Rathmichael Lodge
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Clontarf Castle
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Neptune Gallery
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Eblana Gallery
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