Category Archives: Diary of a Ruinhunter

Tlachtga and the Sacred Flame

As the big day approaces, I thought it might be nice to share with you the story of Tlacghta, considering its fascinating history and importance in the Samhain celebrations. So for those of you whom have not seen this before, … Continue reading

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Capturing History Challenge Week 10

So we kick off the 10th instalment of the challenge with some really cool images for you this week. This will be the final CHC before this Saturdays SPOOKTACULAR edition, so you will need to get those spooky images in … Continue reading

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Ardmore Round Tower

Today I am going to take a break from the Samhain theme and get back to some recent Ruin hunting activities. In the center of the old monastic site founded by St. Declan in Ardmore, Waterford rests a stunning Round … Continue reading

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The Sunday Post – Lady of the Forest

Its not often that I get a chance to post at the weekends, three kids can keep life quite hectic and with some recent drama on a personal level it gets even harder. But this weekend we have stayed up … Continue reading

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Origins of the Headless Horseman

  We all know about the headless horseman, a particular scary character brought to life in Washington Irvine’s classic ‘’The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’’. But how many of you know that this fictional character is based on an actual legend … Continue reading

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Oratory of St Declan, Ardmore

Today we are heading back down to the monastic settlement in Ardmore, Co. Waterford, where I came across two Ogham Stones recently.  St. Declan founded a monastery at Ardmore or Aird Mhór in Gaelic, meaning “Great Height”. This was said … Continue reading

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St Maelruains Tower

You might recall my previous visit to St. Maelruains in Tallaght back in 2013. It’s a fantastic site, full of history which dates back to the eight century and a religious settlement built on the outskirts of what would become … Continue reading

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Spooktacular 2015

Today is the first day of October, which marks the countdown to my absolute favourite time of the year, Samhain/Halloween. For the last couple of years, my Ruinhunting activities tend to die off during the month, mainly due to poor … Continue reading

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Capturing History Challenge – Week 6

Still on a high from yesterdays news, we have a much scaled down edition of the Capturing History Challenge for you this week. Sadly only three submissions came in this week, so I have bumped up the numbers with a … Continue reading

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The Ogham Stones of Ardmore

Within the ruins of the old monastic settlement of Ardmore in Waterford, founded by St. Declan in the 5th century, there are a number of interesting structures. My personal favourites where the two ogham stones I found sitting inside the … Continue reading

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