Tag Archives: Ancient

The Ancient Hill of Allen

So last Saturday morning, I got up at the crack of dawn, to hit the road and get back on the Ruinhunting trail once again. With permission granted by the landowner, my mission was to finally explore one of the … Continue reading

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Brigid – Kildare

It’s been a long, long time since I explored the wealth of culture and ruins on display in Kildare town. So to start of a number of articles allow me to take you to the busy market square in the … Continue reading

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Aghaboe Standing Stone

On our recent trip with two of my junior Ruinhunters, we were driving up towards Aghaboe Abbey. just before we arrived I noticed a stone in a field to the left hand side which I had not noticed on my … Continue reading

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Harbinger of Sorrow – The Bean-Sidhe

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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Dumb Supper, A Samhain Tradition.

Apart from being a New Year’s celebration or Harvest Festival, which predates the arrival of the Celts in Ireland, Samhain  is a special time,  were  the past, present, and future all become intertwined. The dead and the inhabitants of the … Continue reading

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Priory of De Laude Dei

I came across the Abbey at Ballyboggan purely by chance after taking a wrong turn. I was actually heading along the Kildare/ Offaly border in search of a couple of De Bermingham Castles which I had missed on by last … Continue reading

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Lackagh Church

This post has been almost a year in the making. I first went looking for the church after I received a mail from Tom who runs the fantastic site The Standing Stone. It has been an inspiration to me over … Continue reading

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Old St. Assam’s Church

On a recent excursion around north Dublin I stopped of in Raheny to check out the ruins of an old chapel known locally as St. Assam’s. Well wasn’t I surprised to find that some bloody genius had built two of … Continue reading

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The Casino

No I haven’t taken up gambling. The Casino was an 18th century neo-classical house built in the 1700’s for the 1st Earl of Charlemont, James Caulfield. It was designed for him by the famous Scottish architect Sir William Chambers. With … Continue reading

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Castleruddery Stone Circle

I am skipping on some more sites from Tallaght today to show one of my all time favorite sites. The Stone Circle at Castleruddery is a truly fascinating place. I recall my last visit here was about ten years ago, at about … Continue reading

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