Tag Archives: Kildare

Church Ruins of St. Columba

Well it’s a New Year and to start of I decided that the ongoing lack of transport and a camera will not disturb my Ruin hunting activities. So for a while I will be sharing some of the early sites … Continue reading

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Twas the Night before Christmas………………………….

As usual, the kids are still up, all the final bits of shopping have been done and well if I have forgotten anything it will just have to wait. The kids are watching Home Alone for the millionth time this … Continue reading

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Capturing History Challenge Week 17

Welcome to another week of the History Challenge. To kick of this weeks challenge we travel across the pond to the US and Augusta, Maine to check out the old Kennebec Arsenal from the 1800’s which later saw use as the … Continue reading

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Capturing History Challenge Week 16

Its been a quite week for me with the madness of the season, but I promise to have a couple of interesting posts for you before the end of the week. First up for todays Challenge is a trip over … Continue reading

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Coill Ghabhainn Standing Stone

The Coill Ghabhainn or Kilgowan Standing Stone which takes its name from the locality in which it resides, is one of several such Long stones that can be found scattered about the Kildare landscape. I first came across this one … Continue reading

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The Round Tower of Kildare

It has been a long time since I last visited the magnificent Round Tower in Kildare Town. Located a few meters away from St. Brigid’s Cathedral, it really is one of the most impressive Round Towers in the country. In … 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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The Legend of Jack O’ Lantern

Every October, carved pumpkins begin to peer out from porches and doorsteps. These orange coloured fruits inscribed with ghoulish faces and illuminated by candles are a sure sign that the Halloween season has begun. However this was not always the … Continue reading

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On This Night We Remember……. Honouring our Ancestors

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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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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