Visiting the medieval city of Clonmacnoise

Visiting the medieval city of Clonmacnoise

The beautiful medieval city of Clonmacnoise has been founded during the 6th century by St. Ciaran and it is one of the most important and is among the oldest settlements of Europe from the early Christian era. The settlement had great importance from strategic point of view as it was built in the middle of Ireland where a pristine roadway went through the Shannon River. Most of the buildings in Clonmacnoise are in ruins today but their aspect is still worth seeing just as much as the precious... [ read more ]

Visiting Glencolmcille – the Folk Village Museum and the pilgrims

Visiting Glencolmcille – the Folk Village Museum and the pilgrims

The charming Glencolmcille is recommended for tourists who are trying to avoid crowds and just long to spend a lovely holiday in a fabulous and beautiful place. When you are traveling to Ireland no matter what the season is, the spectacular Glencolmcille will always be an ideal destination. There are no commercialized attractions and numberless visitor centers but it has magnificent natural surroundings. You can enjoy and explore beautiful mountain walks, go for a stroll on a secluded beach ... [ read more ]

Irish history: visiting the Cobh Heritage Centre

Irish history: visiting the Cobh Heritage Centre

During the second part of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century many people left Ireland in hope to start a new life on the American continent. About 3 million people left Cobh during this time who aimed towards the American dream on the board of the Titanic, the Lusitania and other ships. The town of Cobh is a charming little settlement which is dominated by the St. Colman Cathedral and it is also home of the Cobh Heritage Center. Here you can walk the Titanic Trail and lea... [ read more ]

Visiting Barryscourt Castle

Visiting Barryscourt Castle

The castle of Barryscourt is a small tower house from the 15th century which used to be the home of a Norman family called De Barry for several centuries. Evidence proves that the castle has been inhabited for about a millennium. The fortified house was built by Phillip De Barry in 1202 for the purpose of dwelling in a country inhabited by families which were in constant conflict with each other. The building is protected by thick walls and inside it has a small chapel together with all sorts... [ read more ]

Visiting Achill Island – beaches, historical architecture and the Deserted Village

Visiting Achill Island – beaches, historical architecture and the Deserted Village

Achill Island is the largest island of Ireland which is located off the coasts of Mayo County. The island is abundant in history, packed with lots of evidence showing the presence of humans going back about 4000 years. Achill has beautiful and long sandy beaches which are never far away from any point on the island. Visit the small deserted coves and walk along soaring cliffs. The island is surrounded by clear Atlantic water which peacefully shines in the summer sun. If you pick the right mom... [ read more ]