Tag Archives: Normans

Fraoch Oileán and the Knights Hospitallers

Johnstown is a small village just outside Naas in County Kildare. I have passed by it countless times over the years and just by chance whilst hunting for a standing stone I came across a small little graveyard and church … Continue reading

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Santa Claus – The Irish Connection

Ok so most of us will be aware that the Jolly old man whom brings joy to the good children all across the globe every year. Now whilst he can vary from country to country, the most commonly known version … Continue reading

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Aghaboe Abbey

Another site I recently returned to with Ryan and Ava, my two eldest Ruinhunters was the Abbey at Aghaboe. The last time I was here would have been back in early 2011 when I was just beginning my adventure in … Continue reading

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Resting place of a King

One of the last almost complete buildings within the site at St. Mullins is marked as The Oratory. It’s a simple rectangular structure  of 7.3 m x 4.9m, made from uncoursed granite rubble. The side walls are about 2 meters … Continue reading

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Laraghbryan

I cant believe it, Christmas Eve starts tomorrow, and another year almost over. And what a year it has been, In my never ending attempt to find new and interesting places, this year I have explored and shot over 100 … Continue reading

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St. Maelruains

On the Edge of Tallaght village lies Saint Maelruain’s Church, and whilst not a ruin it is a stunning church and there are some very interesting items within its grounds. There is no definite date available as to when Tallaght … Continue reading

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Mac Feorais Castle

Right beside the old church and graveyard of the De Bermingham family in Carrick lay the ruins of Mac Feorais Castle, also known as Carrick or Carrick-Oris Castle. The present ruins which are said to date from the 16th century … Continue reading

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Kildare Castle Part 2

So our next order of business was to see the site of and last remaining tower of the 12th century Kildare Castle. Located just down the road from the market square, in behind the Silken Thomas premises we found the remains of … Continue reading

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