Category Archives: Castles

Ballymoon Castle

Following on to my second ruin of the year, after a rather slow start to the year mainly due to my arch enemy, the Irish weather. It has been a while since I came across a new Castle to explore … Continue reading

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Duckett’s Grove

Well after a few false starts I finally got the chance to get back out on the road in search of new ruins. One of the draw backs of living in Ireland is the unpredictable weather, or should I say … Continue reading

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Bram Stoker Festival Part 4: Dracula’s Fire Garden…

Finally I am back online, So here is the long awaited Grand Finale of my recent encounters at the Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin exclusivly for thefairytaletraveller. The courtyard at Dublin Castle set the stage for the evenings Spooktacular ‘Dracula’s Fire … Continue reading

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Vampires take over Dublin

”She lives beyond the grace of God, a wanderer in the outer darkness. She is “vampyr”, “nosferatu”. These creatures do not die like the bee after the first sting, but instead grow strong and become immortal once infected by another … Continue reading

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Dunamase Part 2: Return to the Rock

Yesterday I posted some shots of my kids on there first Castle exploration. Today here are my shots from the Rock of Dunamase. The Rock was the first ruin I had shot back in May 2011, and I remember how … Continue reading

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Dunamase Part 1: Junior Ruinhunters

On Sunday the good wife decided to throw us out of the house to do some cleaning.  It was not a great day weather wise so a trip to the park was out of the question, so I packed the … Continue reading

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Bective Abbey

I have to admit, the large medieval Abbey ruins of Bective are probably the nicest I have had the chance to explore to date, with the exception of the Baltinglass Abbey in Wicklow, but Baltinglass has been a personal favourite … Continue reading

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The Wizard Earl

The following tales has been handed down through the ages from Lord Walter Fitzgerald and concerns a Garrett Oge or Gerald (the younger) Fitzgerald whom became the 11th Earl of Kildare and the sole male heir of the Kildare Geraldine’s … Continue reading

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Grange Castle

Moving on to the last of my visits to the many De Bermingham strongholds which are scattered along the Kildare/Offaly border. There are a number of castles and a monastery still in existence in the Kildare and Offaly area, some … Continue reading

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Monasteroris Friary & Castro Petre

After visiting the church and graveyard I was trying to figure out the best approach for getting to the two mounds which I new little about at the time. I could have jumped the graveyard wall and made my way … Continue reading

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