Category Archives: Diary of a Ruinhunter

Fraoch Oileán and the Knights Hospitallers

Johnstown is a small village just outside Naas in County Kildare. I have passed by it countless times over the years and just by chance whilst hunting for a standing stone I came across a small little graveyard and church … Continue reading

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Capturing History Challenge Week 17

Welcome to another week of the History Challenge. To kick of this weeks challenge we travel across the pond to the US and Augusta, Maine to check out the old Kennebec Arsenal from the 1800’s which later saw use as the … Continue reading

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Santa Claus – The Irish Connection

Ok so most of us will be aware that the Jolly old man whom brings joy to the good children all across the globe every year. Now whilst he can vary from country to country, the most commonly known version … Continue reading

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Inside the Secret Garden

Located in the current Dominican Priory of Tallaght, on the grounds of the former Archbishop’s Palace, there is a hidden walled garden. Within this garden there is a beautiful tree lined walkway which runs from North to South, known as … Continue reading

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Coill Ghabhainn Standing Stone

The Coill Ghabhainn or Kilgowan Standing Stone which takes its name from the locality in which it resides, is one of several such Long stones that can be found scattered about the Kildare landscape. I first came across this one … Continue reading

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Donaghmore Round Tower & Church

The ruins of the old Round Tower and Church at Donaghmore were quite an unexpected find. Located just outside the town of Navan on the road to the infamous hill of Slane. I had pulled into what looked like a … Continue reading

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The Clock Gate

One of the most distinctive features of Youghal is the unusual Clock Gate which can be found on the Main Street. Once one of the most important trading centres in Medieval Ireland, Youghal served many important trade routes to both … Continue reading

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Capturing History Challenge Week 13

Some say that the number 13 is unlucky! I tend to disagree and for the 13th instalment of the Capturing History Challenge there is as always a great bunch of images from around the globe to share with you. To … Continue reading

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The Round Tower of Kildare

It has been a long time since I last visited the magnificent Round Tower in Kildare Town. Located a few meters away from St. Brigid’s Cathedral, it really is one of the most impressive Round Towers in the country. In … Continue reading

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Ardmore Cathedral

To wrap up my recent trip to Ardmore in Waterford, we take a look at the last remaining site within the monastic enclosure, the Cathedral. Ardmore was historically the site of an early church founded by St. Declan in the … Continue reading

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