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Return to Fontstown

  As part of my recent ruin hunt with my eldest son Ryan which saw us explore the Pigeon House and the remains of the ecclesiastical site at Old Kilcullen, we also managed to stop of at the old ruined … Continue reading

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Clane Abbey

Moving on just a short stroll from the ruins of the Franciscan Friary Lies an old church known as Clane Abbey. Initially both of these sites caused me some confusion, but a little research cleared this up. The Abbey’s connection … Continue reading

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Clane Friary

Finally its good to be back on the ruin hunting trail after a busy, but long hiatus away. Most of October had me side tracked with some Halloween themed posts, a big thank you to all who have indulged me … 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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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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Archibald Castle

As previously mention in my post on Goat Castle, from the seven Castles or Tower houses that once stood in the Dalkey area only two remain. Directly across the street from Goat Castle, which also houses the Dalkey Heritage center, … Continue reading

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Baltinglass Abbey

This Abbey is one of my personal favourite sites to visit. Last week I found myself urged to make the drive down the N81 through Blessington to the small town of Baltinglass in Wicklow to explore the Abbey. Baltinglass was … Continue reading

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Clondalkin Round Tower

This is one of the most impressive Round Towers I have encountered to date, similar to the one at St. Brigids Cathedral in Kildare which you can read more about HERE with the exception that this one has its original … 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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Carbury Castle

As mentioned in a previous post, I finally got the chance to explore Carbury Castle. This has been on my bucket list for almost a year now. I had attempted to locate it unsuccessfully, so I with a little help … Continue reading

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