Visiting the Skellig Rocks

Visiting the Skellig Rocks

The Skellig Rocks tower on the Atlantic Ocean about 12 kilometers from Kerry County. This destination has been chosen by a group of ascetic monks as a dwelling location. They came here between the 6th and the 8th centuries in order to pursuit a closer relationship with God. Here they have built a monastery which stands even today and can be visited. In the 13th century the monks have moved back to the mainland but kept the monastery on the island as a pilgrimage location. Later, in the 19th c... [ read more ]

Must visit Dublin festivals in 2013

Must visit Dublin festivals in 2013

If there was ever a best time to visit Dublin - or Ireland in general - than it is 2013. With the ongoing events framed by the Gathering Ireland the capital hosts hundreds of events throughout the year - there is no activity you can possibly imagine that will not be present. The video below might give you an idea of how varied and colorful festivals of Dublin in 2013 are and I will also try to gather some of what I would surely love visit, please let us know in the comment section if you ... [ read more ]

Visitors guide to the Skellig Rocks - Little Skellig and Great Skellig

Visitors guide to the Skellig Rocks – Little Skellig and Great Skellig

The Great Skellig, also known as Skellig Michael is a set of rocks which tower on the Atlantic Ocean about 12 kilometers from Kerry County. This destination has been chosen by a group of ascetic monks as a dwelling location. They came here between the 6th and the 8th centuries in order to pursuit a closer relationship with God. Here they have built a monastery which stands even today and can be visited. In the 13th century the monks have moved back to the mainland but kept the monastery on th... [ read more ]

Top heritage sites in Brú na Bóinne: Dowth – burial chambers, art and winter solstice

Top heritage sites in Brú na Bóinne: Dowth – burial chambers, art and winter solstice

The most important monuments in Brú na Bóinne are the megalithic stones at Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. The before mentioned monuments are enlisted as World Heritage Sites. Dowth might not be as widely known as the other tombs but it is just as much valuable and worth visiting. This monument was most probably built about 5000 years ago just like the others. What is different about it though is that unlike Newgrange and Knowth, Dowth can be visited directly. Here you can take a look at the ... [ read more ]

Top heritage sites in Brú na Bóinne: Knowth – tombs and history after the building period

Top heritage sites in Brú na Bóinne: Knowth – tombs and history after the building period

The most important monuments in Brú na Bóinne are the megalithic stones at Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. The before mentioned monuments are enlisted as World Heritage Sites. After Newgrange, Knowth is a remarkable prehistoric memorial site, which is basically a large dune with two passage tombs enclosed by 18 smaller dunes. The large mound lies on approximately half a hectare and it is called Site 1. The entrances are dotted with unusual rocks like granite or quartz. The smaller tombs, of w... [ read more ]

Top heritage sites in Brú na Bóinne – art, tombs and stones at Newgrange

Top heritage sites in Brú na Bóinne – art, tombs and stones at Newgrange

The most important monuments in Brú na Bóinne are the megalithic stones at Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. The before mentioned monuments are enlisted as World Heritage Sites. The most known of these three Irish passage tombs is Newgrange which dates back to approximately the 2nd or 3rd century BC. The diameter of the whole monument site is about 80 meters. The most outstanding piece among the stones is the one called the Entrance Stone which is beautifully decorated. Tombs and stones The mo... [ read more ]

Visitor’s guide to Brú na Bóinne art – carvings, tombstones and monuments

Visitor’s guide to Brú na Bóinne art – carvings, tombstones and monuments

Traditions of the past are present in many things. They are present in the everyday lives of the people, in their celebrations and festivals, in their architecture and last but not least in art. Every country, region and town has their own unique style that represents them as a nation, as a community. In Brú na Bóinne, Boyne Valley art has an important role. The monuments are featured by combinations of triangles and spirals, arcs, chevrons and lozenges which you can see on tombstones and a... [ read more ]