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The Wizard of Kilkea Castle

Kilkea Castle has a long history which spans back to 1181AD when a Norman Knight Walter De Riddlesford was said to have built a motte & bailey castle here. Just for continuity Kilkea Castle came into the hands of the … Continue reading

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Re-work Wednesday 27

  Any one remember this? Yes its the sad old ruins of Ballyadams Castle in County Laois, which I was lucky enough to explore with the land owners permission earlier this year. Dating back to the 15th century, much of … Continue reading

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Downings Church & Graveyard

Saturday morning was promised to be a nice day so I headed out to explore the hill of Allen. As it turned out the weather was terrible, with strong winds and dark skies. To make matters worse, when I got … Continue reading

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Broadleas Stone Circle

As promised I finally got back out on the road in search of new sites to explore and photograph, and took one of my little ruin hunters with me. Dylan has just turned three and is probably the most adventurous … Continue reading

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In Days of Olde

So after almost a week of fighting the inevitable, I finally bit the bullet and went to the doctor. Long story short, a week of work, plenty of rest and more bloody drugs. At least one good thing, I finally … Continue reading

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Re-work Wednesday 2

Continuing on with the Re-work Wednesday project, here is one of my favorite shots from 2011. Taken down in Laois at the ruins of Morett Castle.  You can read my article and view the original shots HERE. I remember the … Continue reading

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Ballymoon Castle

Following on to my second ruin of the year, after a rather slow start to the year mainly due to my arch enemy, the Irish weather. It has been a while since I came across a new Castle to explore … Continue reading

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Blundell Castle

Overlooking the town of Edenderry, Blundell Castle is located on a hill from which the town gets its name; Eadon Doire, meaning brow or hill-top of the oak trees. Today, the oak trees are long since gone, but the ruins … Continue reading

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Tobar Bhríde

Yet again we find another holy well dedicated to St. Brigid, this time just a short distance outside Clondalkin Village in Dublin. In the book “The Holy Wells of Ireland” by Patrick Logan, he lists fifteen wells dedicated to St. … 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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