Category Archives: Historical

Cathair na Stéige

Staigue Fort, an Iron age stone fort in Kerry, Ireland. Continue reading

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Darrynane Beg Ogham Stone

On a recent trip to Kerry I got the opportunity to do a little sightseeing and temporarily resurrect ‘The Ruinhunter’ 😊.  I’ve missed exploring over the last few years and although I have no immediate plans to resume on a … 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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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 Royal Princess of Tara

The  ‘Tóraigheacht Dhiarmada agus Ghráinne’ or ‘The Pursuit of Diarmad & Grainne’, is a tale from the Fenian Cycle of Irish Mythology and is told in various texts in modern Irish and date back to the 16th century, with some … Continue reading

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The Lia Fáil

There is a shed load of different beliefs and opinions regarding one of Ireland’s oldest and best known stones. This is the Coronation Stone for many of the ancient High Kings of Ireland. It is said that when touched by … Continue reading

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Ráith Na Ríogh

The Fort of the Kings or the Royal Enclosure as it is also known was my next stopping point at Tara. To give it its correct title, Ráith Na Ríogh is nothing spectacular on its own. After all to the … Continue reading

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Ráth Na Seanadh

Moving away from the churchyard at Tara, as you pass through the swinging gate, the first monument that you will encounter is a rather bumpy looking piece of waste ground known as ‘Ráth Na Seanadh’ or the Ráth of the … Continue reading

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Nothin Cooking in this Kitchen

Before you ask, sadly this is not an actual Kitchen and was probably never used as one either. Nobody really knows how it got its name, but it obviously stuck. I first came across this interesting little structure known as … Continue reading

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Kildare Cathedral

I probably should have started off my recent journey around Kildare town with the Cathedral as it is the largest and most detailed of all the interesting structures, but here we are. The Cathedral is quite unique in the fact … Continue reading

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