Brehon Law

A judge in Ireland was known as a Brehon, thus the use of the title Brehon Law. It is an ancient Celtic Irish legal system that was in use in Ireland up to the 17th Century. Brehon’s were influential in Irish society and many were attached to Chiefs as council as well as resolving land and rights disputes.

View the Related Articles that follow for more details about this powerful and sometimes mysterious class of men in Irish society.

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  • The Brehon Laws
  • Brehon Land Laws

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Cycling In Ireland

The appetite for adventure sports in Ireland has certainly grown in the past 5 years. There are far more surf schools, kayak trip providers and climbing activities being provided, and this trend is set to continue with massive investment into cycling and adventure biking facilities.

Successful Irish Cycling Initiatives

Take for example the Ballyhoura Mountain bike trails which was openned in recent years in Greenwood near Ardpatrick in County Limerick. The trails range from moderate 6 km loops to the demanding Castlepoop loop which covers over 50 km, with some white knuckle twists, turns and descents.

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Other biking and cycling initiatives are being piloted around the country after the success of Ballyhoura and other cycling routes like the Mayo Great Western Greenway which uses the old Westport to Achill railway route which has been closed since 1937.

Other schemes seek to use long disused railway lines in a similar fashion. Currently there is a pilot scheme that that will combine areas in County Kerry such as Camp to Dingle, via Annascaul. This route is close to the famous Dingle Way walking and hiking routes, and is rumoured to use old railway as well as adding new cycle lanes along the roads.

It is also rumoured there is a cycle trail being planned from Glenbeigh to Mindard Castle, this remains to be seen.

Accommodation Providers Take The Opportunity

There is huge potential for tourism to grow with the development of cycling in Ireland, which has largely been neglected until very recent times. The accommodation providers who cater for cycling visitors with secure bike storage, cleaning facilities, and built to purpose drying rooms will benefit most.

Irish Cycling Clubs And Family Cycling Trips

Of course, because Ireland is a tourist destination, and much of our industry centres on tourism, it’s easy to forget to mention the improvements these cycling facilities will bring to Irish people too. Cycling clubs have grown in popularity in Ireland in recent years, and many families enjoy the opportunity to get out for a cycle on quite country roads, and designated cycle lanes with their children. The health benefits are obvious, and our mild temperatures make cycling an activity we can enjoy most of the year.


Visit Muckross House to see Victorian Gardens in Bloom

Luscious gardens and green hills populated by native deer are some of the reasons why visitors head

to Muckross House in County Kerry for a day out.

Before leaving by car, drivers ought to make sure their vehicles are covered by motor insurance, which protects them against accidents and collisions. The beautiful mansion is located in Killarney National Park, which is a walker’s paradise due to its picturesque waterfalls and steeply climbing hills. There is much to explore in this protected region, but before setting off into the park, visitors like to

take a look around the impressive Victorian property to see how its past occupants lived.

Building first began on the site in 1839, after Henry Arthur Herbert commissioned workers to construct the mansion. The property acted as a home for Herbert, his wife and family for hundreds of years before its ownership passed to others. Keen to pay homage to the premises historical past, the

new owners decided to revert some of the rooms to how they appeared in the Victorian era.

Time was spent decorating the bedrooms and dining rooms back to their former glory, so guests can see the type of fixtures and furnishings used in this time. The redecorated rooms boast hardwood furniture, luxurious curtains and glittering chandeliers. Visitors to the site get a realistic impression of how the original family lived, but they are also able to get a glimpse of the working conditions of the

mansion’s servants.

The basement was where many of the staff spent their time going about their daily tasks and guests can take a look at this part of the home should they wish. The first owners of the house spent much time in the grounds of the home enjoying its gardens. Overtime the mansion’s grounds have been

redeveloped so guests can also marvel at the blooming flowers and varied flora.

During nice weather, visitors take great pleasure in admiring the property’s rock and sunken garden. People who lived in homes near Muckross House tended to rely on farming for an income. Now tourists can view the practices used by workers in the 1930s thanks to the Muckross Traditional

Farms exhibition.

Traditional crafts are sold at the Mucross Craft Shop, including pottery and weaved items. After viewing the many historical sights on display, visitors have the opportunity to buy refreshments in a cafe located within the mansion’s Walled Garden. From here, the Killarney National Park can be explored, with many visitors drawn each year to the 26,000-acre attraction, which is home to

collection of diverse flora and fauna.