Capturing History Challenge Week 12

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Despite the mayhem going on in the Ruinhunter Castle the past few weeks, im delighted to have been able to keep this little historic challenge going. This week is another short week, but there are some fantastic places to see. If you would like to take part in this weekly challenge, just continue down to the end of this post to find out how.

So kicking off this week we travel to India to see something that could have come straight out of Game of Thrones. The Red Fort of Dehli. We then take you back to England for another Castle that would not look out of place in Game of Thrones. The rather striking Donnington Castle. We then head of to Cambodia to see the Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom. We finish off as usual in Ireland, keeping a theme of something old and something new. I have the old well covered with a trip to the pre historic Megalith Portal Tomb at Brownshill in County Carlow. Followed by a rather striking sculpture of the legendary hero Fionn MacCumhaill and his two hounds, which is reletivly new, but fits in due to its historic connection.


1. The Red Fort, Old Dehli, India. By Rajiv Chopra  @ RajivChopra

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2. Donnington Castle, Berkshire, England. By Cameron McCulloch  @WorldsbBiggestFridgeMagnet


3. Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom, Cambodia. By Phil Platt @ WheresPhil


4. BrownsHill Portal Tomb, Carlow, Ireland. By Ed Mooney @ EdMooneyPhotography


5. Fionn Mac Cuhaill Sculpture, Kildare, Ireland. By Ed Mooney @ EdMooneyPhotography

My first image of the massive  Doleman or Portal Tomb at Brownshill in Carlow. This ancient tomb really has to be seen in person to appreciate its sheer size. in the foreground you can see my eldest son Ryan and nephew Scott just to give a perspective of scale on this monument. You can read all about this monsterous structure HERE.

Finally we head off to the Bally many roundabout in Kildare where a number of years ago a rather impressive sculpture was erected of one of Irelands legendary hero’s, Fionn Mac Cumhaill and his two faithfull hounds, Bran & Sceolan. Its is rather ironic that the sculpture of te leader of Irelands greatest army is located at the enterance to one of Irelands largest military bases, The Curragh. Read all about it HERE.

Sadly thats it for another week. I really have to thank each and every contributor whom has made this challenge possible by submitting their images. If you would like to know more about the individual sites please click the link under the image and visit their site. Many have posted about their image and I am sure that they would love to hear from you and answer any questions you might have. If you would like to join in on this challenge, please read on…………

So here is how you too, can join in;

The plan is quite simple, each Wednesday I will be posting an image of a random site with a heritage connection. Any images sent in will be included in the challenge along with your name and a link to your site. Full credit is given to each participant. The joy of this challenge is that we can all participate and share our images whilst raising the awareness of our own particular History and Heritage. The image can be anything from an old Church or Castle, to a Battlefield or Neolithic tomb, the choices are endless. And you can capture the image on any device you choose to. It can be in colour, black and white or any variation. The important thing is that we share.

And so to make sure that the challenge runs smoothly here are a few notes on how to participate:

  • All images must have been taking by you, there is no time restriction on this and you retain the copyright for your images
  • Images should be submitted via email by no later than midnight GMT on the Sunday before so I can ensure the challenge is ready to be posted on the Wednesday morning. My email address is
  • You don’t have to even have to be a WordPress blogger. This challenge is open to everyone, please include your name and a link back to your blog, website or social media page.
  • Images should be kept at low resolution with the largest side at 1000 pixels or less, if you need help with this you can pm me.
  • Once the challenge is published I will delete all files and mails from that week .
  • Each contributor should write a small piece about their image on their blog, for readers to check out, or at least the history behind the shot by adding  to the comments of each challenge.

After the success of this yeaars SPOOKTACULAR, I am considering doing a similar challenge for the festive season in December. So if you might be interested in joining in, drop me a line and if I get enough interest over the next couple of weeks, we will have another great challenge to look forward too. Register your interest @


About edmooneyphotography

Photographer, Blogger, Ruinhunter, with an unhealthy obsession for history, mythology and the arcane.
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32 Responses to Capturing History Challenge Week 12

  1. jfwknifton says:

    A great selection of castles but anything with a stone weighing 150 tons has to impress. The statue is very striking too.

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  2. oglach says:

    Outstanding photos. Those boys look like they could pick up the cap stone from the dolmen. 🙂

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  3. Maria says:

    Nice photos by all, but I’m always partial to yours, Ed!

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  4. beetleypete says:

    Old Donnington Castle looks like it has seen some action over the centuries!
    Another first-rate selection, Ed.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. noelleg44 says:

    The sculpture is incredible!

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  6. All very good Ed, but the castle by that Cameron fella is pretty impressive 😉

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  7. Wonderful submissions as always Ed. Sorry I missed this one – life keeps throwing curve balls but I will have one for next week. I saw one of the dolmens at Poulnabrone and they are impressive!!

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  8. Ali Isaac says:

    I need to be better organised… I missed it again! Sorry Ed!

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  9. TanGental says:

    That Portal tomb is extraordinary; how do you do that without a crane? ‘Come on, lads, on three’…it beggars belief. Just looking out some stuff from a trip to Lewis this last year…


  10. Great pics as ever. I always wanted a dog like Fionn’s. The iron ones are splendid.

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  11. Reblogged this on Jane Dougherty Writes and commented:
    Another challenge for those who have a camera.


  12. wheresphil says:

    Loved that Doleman Ed, great write up about. Always an education reading your posts.

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  13. jazzfeathers says:

    Another fantastic gallery. I love the Cambodian statue, but also the portal tomb. Must be awesome seeing in person.

    As other, I am goign to take part again, I even have pics already taken, but I’m doing NaNoWriMo at the moment and am a bit short of tiem at the moment.
    But wait for me, don’t go away!! 🙂

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  14. Quiche says:

    Thanks for sharing…what a great blog you do! The information always amazes me, a special insight into my Irish Genes (50%). I long to come” back home” someday on my bucket list! (my last visit I was 9 years old!)

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