Category Archives: History

Capturing History Challenge Week 14

Welcome to Week 14 of the Capturing History Challenge. Where the only thing guaranteed is a selection of gorgeous images from around the world each with their own unique and fascinating historic connections and perhaps a tale or two. Kicking … Continue reading

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Capturing History Challenge Week 12

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. … Continue reading

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Capturing History Challenge Week 11

Well after the double challenge last week, everyone must be worn out. We only have three images this week, to which I have added two of my own. But never theless we got some great places to see, all with … Continue reading

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SPOOKTACULAR 2015

By the time you are reading this, children all over the country will be up and getting ready for Halloween, be it Dressing up, Trick or Treating or a visit to the Bonfire, Samhain is well and truly underway. So … Continue reading

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A Gaelic Ghost Story

Last week my two youngest bundles of joy came home from school, full of excitement. They had been learning some of the gaelic words in class for the likes of Ghost/Púca or Taibhse, Witch/Cailleach, Vampire/Drochfhola. It was so great to … 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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Tales from Ossory – Witches and Werewolves

Continuing on with the Samhain/Halloween Theme I would like to share with you and updated version of my take on a great medieval legend concerning the a case of Lycanthropy right here in Ireland. But first it is with great … Continue reading

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Women of the Sidhe – Banshee

In ancient times a race of people arrived on a small island in the Atlantic Ocean which later became known as Ireland. These were the Tuatha Dé Danann or the children of the Goddess Danu. They were a magical people … Continue reading

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For the Blood is life

I’ve been getting into the spirit of the spooky season lately, brushing up on my Gothic Horror with the usual suspects, Stoker, Le Fanu and Shelley. I’ve even begun watching the old Hammer Horror classics like Horror of Dracula, The … Continue reading

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Capturing History Challenge – Week 9

Welcome to yet another Capturing History Challenge. Got some more fantastic sites and some slightly unusual places to show you this week. As always none of this would be possible without the continued support of each and every contributor. To … Continue reading

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