Tag Archives: History

Ardmore Cathedral

To wrap up my recent trip to Ardmore in Waterford, we take a look at the last remaining site within the monastic enclosure, the Cathedral. Ardmore was historically the site of an early church founded by St. Declan in the … 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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Capturing History Challenge Week 10

So we kick off the 10th instalment of the challenge with some really cool images for you this week. This will be the final CHC before this Saturdays SPOOKTACULAR edition, so you will need to get those spooky images in … 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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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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Oratory of St Declan, Ardmore

Today we are heading back down to the monastic settlement in Ardmore, Co. Waterford, where I came across two Ogham Stones recently.  St. Declan founded a monastery at Ardmore or Aird Mhór in Gaelic, meaning “Great Height”. This was said … Continue reading

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Samhain 2015

As the tide of winter approaches at an unworldly speed, there is an ever increasing sense of magic in the air, which you will only encounter at this time of year. Ok so the dark mornings and evenings can be … Continue reading

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More Media Coverage

Once again it was a treat to see another one of my previous articles being recycled for inclusion in the local Tallaght Echo newspaper as part of the weekly  ‘Love Tallaght Outdoors’ series. Previous articles included have been Ballymount Castle and Colmcille’s … Continue reading

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Spooktacular 2015

Today is the first day of October, which marks the countdown to my absolute favourite time of the year, Samhain/Halloween. For the last couple of years, my Ruinhunting activities tend to die off during the month, mainly due to poor … 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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