Tag Archives: Gaelic

Maigh Reichead Castle

The crumbling ruins of Maigh Reichead Castle have fascinated me for many years. As you travel the M7 towards Portlaoise you will notice the ruins of this once fine castle rising up over the horizon. After passing it by on … Continue reading

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Kinnefad Castle

Yet another stronghold built by the De Bermingham’s can be found in the area of Kinnefad or in Gaelic as Ceann – Átha Fada which translates to ‘head of the ford’. There were many De Bermingham castles and a couple … Continue reading

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An encounter at Skryne

I haverecently begun to focus my Ruin hunting in the Meath area, just for a change. One of my first ports of call was to the medieval church ruin which sits atop Skryne Hill. Skryne or Skreen as it is … Continue reading

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Tallaght Castle

Unfortunately there are no more castles to be found in the Tallaght area. Out of approx eight such fortifications to be found in the area only a single tower from Tallaght Castle remain. It can be found in the grounds … Continue reading

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Taimhleach – A Return Home

Having recently had an unexpected opportunity, to spend some time back in my hometown of Kilnamanagh, a suburb of Tallaght. It was time re-explore the history and visit some of the few remaining historical sites. I began to think about … Continue reading

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The Return Match

With last weeks home fixture against Ellistown it was time for the under 6 team from Ballykelly to play the return leg at Ellistown’s home ground. The weather was poor compared to last week and it actually rained for part … Continue reading

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Ballykelly GFC U-6

So yesterday was the first match for my son Ryan’s local Gaelic football team. The U-6 had their first game of the year against Ellistown and what a match it was. Needless to say the kids are only learning how … Continue reading

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Oughterard Round Tower & Church

After being told about the round tower here at Oughterard by a colleague whom lived in the area, I set of on the way home from work one evening to try and find the site. A couple of wrong turns … Continue reading

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Ballymount Castle

This visit really brought back memories, I had not been here in probably 15 years. Having spent many a summer’s day roaming and exploring the ruins which looked a lot different from how they appear today. The area was excavated … Continue reading

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Old Kilcullen High Cross & Round Tower

After getting side tracked en route I finally arriving at my original destination, the site of the old monastery at old situated just off the N78 at old Kilcullen.Old Kilcullen, formerly Kilcullen (Cill Chuilinn, “the Church of the Holly” in … Continue reading

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