Grace O’Malley’s Castle

Rockfleet Castle

Grace O’Malley’s Castle aka Kildavnet Castle, Achill Island, Co Mayo, Ireland

Rockfleet Castle

Built in the 14 century this Tower House was one of three strongholds of Grace O’Malley (Gráinne Ní Mháille), the “pirate queen” 1530 – 1603

Interior detail

Cloughey

Free range eggs and potatoes for sale

Old buildings, Ardminnan Road, Cloughey (Cloughy) (Cloghy), Ards Peninsula, Northern Ireland

Old buildings, Ardminnan Road, Cloughey (Cloughy) (Cloghy), Ards Peninsula, Northern Ireland

Carrowmore Megalithic Complex revisited

Carrowmore Megalithic Complex, Co Sligo, Ireland

Carrowmore Tomb 1

Carrowmore Tomb 1

Carrowmore Tomb 3

Carrowmore Tomb 3

Carrowmore Tomb 4

Carrowmore Tomb 4

Carrowmore Tomb 7

Carrowmore Tomb 7

Carrowmore Tomb 13

Carrowmore Tomb 13

Carrowmore Tomb 13

Carrowmore Tomb 13

Carrowmore Tomb 18

Carrowmore Tomb 18

Carrowmore Tomb 51 - Listoghill

Carrowmore Tomb 51 – Listoghill

Carrowmore Tomb 51

Carrowmore Tomb 51 – the chamber in the cairn

Carrowmore Tomb 52

Carrowmore Tomb 52

Carrowmore Tomb 52a

Carrowmore Tomb 52a

Carrowmore Tomb 53

Carrowmore Tomb 53

Carrowmore Tomb 56

Carrowmore Tomb 56

Carrowmore Tomb 57

Carrowmore Tomb 57. Link for first visit to site here

Doonfeeny Standing Stone

Doonfeeny Standing Stone

Doonfeeny/Dunfeeny Standing Stone, Co Mayo, Ireland

Doonfeeny Standing Stone

Also known as Cloch Fada (Long Stone) situated in an ancient graveyard

Detail of cross on Doonfeeny Standing Stone

Detail of one of two crosses on Doonfeeny Standing Stone added to Christianise it

Cong Abbey

Cong Abbey ruin

Cong Abbey, Co Mayo, Ireland

Cong Abbey ruin
St Mary of the Rosary Church ruin

St Mary of the Rosary Church

The Monk’s Fishing House

The Monk’s Fishing House

Arched doorway at Cong

Arched doorway at Cong river

Temple of Deen

Temple of Deen Court Tomb aka Laraghirril Court Tomb

Temple of Deen Court Tomb aka Laraghirril Court Tomb

Temple of Deen Court Tomb aka Laraghirril Court Tomb

The court tomb is located on the Inishowen peninsula overlooking Trawbreaga Bay and Tremone Bay

Temple of Deen Court Tomb aka Laraghirril Court Tomb
Temple of Deen Court Tomb aka Laraghirril Court Tomb
Temple of Deen Court Tomb aka Laraghirril Court Tomb

Temple of Deen Court Tomb, Laraghirril, Culdaff, Inishowen, Co Donegal, Ireland

Grey Abbey

Grey Abbey, Greyabbey, Ards Peninsula, Co Down, Northern Ireland

Grey Abbey was founded as a Cistercian Abbey in 1193 by Affreca, wife of John de Courcy.

Templecronan

Templecronan / Temple Cronan, The Burren, Co Clare, Ireland

12 century church ruins probably built on the site of an earlier structure founded by St Cronan in the 7th Century

The tomb said to mark the burial place of St Cronan

The blocked original doorway

Kilgeever Christian Site

Kilgeever Christian Site

Kilgeever Christian Site near Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo, Ireland

St Patrick's rock and Kilgeever Christian Site

St Patrick’s rock in the foreground at Kilgeever

St Patrick’s rock

The Mass rock with inscribed cross – St Patrick’s rock

Kileever holy well,  Toberreendoney

Toberreendoney, The holy well around which pilgrims walk and pray

Kileever cross inscribed pillar

Cross inscribed pillar in Kileever graveyard

More info here https://pilgrimagemedievalireland.com/tag/kilgeever-abbey/

Derry Churches, Ards

Derry Churches - North church

Derry Churches, Ards Peninsula, Co Down, Northern Ireland

Derry Churches - South Church

The 1st photo is the north church, the smaller south church above and below

Derry Churches

The site is associated with St. Cummain ( St. Cumman)

Cross inscribed stone

A small early cross inscribed stone stands in the north church

Castlekine

Castlekine aka Ballykine Castle

Castlekine aka Ballykine Castle, Co Mayo, Ireland

Castlekine aka Ballykine Castle

The tower house ruin is situated in Clonbur Wood and is fenced off as it is structurally unsound

Kilulta Church ruin

Kilulta Church ruin

Kilulta Church, Co Limerick, Ireland

Kilulta Church ruin

The ruins are said to be ‘oldest church in the county’, date unsure but given as 8th century (info from National Monuments Service) and ‘believed to be one of the oldest stone churches in Ireland’ (Wikipedia)

Kilulta Church ruin

The name can be translated as Cill an Ultaigh, the church of the Ulsterman, or Cill Ultain, the church of St Ultain (info from Heritage Project, Diocese of Limerick )

Breastagh Ogham Stone

Breastagh Ogham Stone

Breastagh Ogham Stone, Killala, County Mayo, Ireland

Breastagh Ogham Stone

The standing stone is over 3.5 metres in height

Breastagh Ogham Stone

The inscription on one side reads L.GG……SD ….LEGESCAD and on the other side MAQ CORRBRI MAQ AMLOITT, translated as “The Son of Corbbri, Son Of Amloitt”

The Burren revisited

The Burren landscape

The Burren, Co Clare, Ireland

The Burren landscape

2 previous visits to the Burren here http://www.tonyoneill.org/2017/05/10/the-burren-landscape/

Tobar na Molt / Wethers Well

Tobar na Molt / Wethers Well, Ardfert, Co Kerry, Ireland

Tobar na Molt / Wethers Well

St Brendan, the navigator, is said to have been baptised at the well in 484AD by Bishop Erc and fostered by St Ita for the early years of his life

Tobar na Molt / Wethers Well

Inside the pilgrims shelter / chapel

The altar with carved figures said to represent St Brendan, Bishop Erc and St Ida. The faces marked with the sign of the cross from countless pilgrims

Rattoo Round Tower

Rattoo Round Tower

Rattoo Round Tower, Co Kerry, Ireland

Rattoo Round Tower and church

Rattoo Round Tower and church ruin

Rattoo Round Tower

The round tower stands over 27 metres tall

Galloon Graveyard Gravestones

Galloon Graveyard gravestones

Galloon Graveyard, Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

Galloon gravestones

Many of the gravestones are carved with reminders of our mortality – skull & crossbones, coffin, hourglass and bell

Galloon Graveyard Gravestone

Galloon Graveyard carved gravestone

Colaiste Ide Ogham Stones

Colaiste Ide Ogham Stones

Colaiste Ide Ogham Stones, Dingle Peninsula, Co Kerry, Ireland

Colaiste Ide Ogham Stones

There are seven ogham stones in the grounds of Colaiste Ide/Burnham House gathered by Lord Ventry

Colaiste Ide Ogham Stone
Colaiste Ide Ogham Stone

In the background is the small Bullaun stone

Ardfert Ecclesiastical Site

Ardfert Cathedral

Ardfert Cathedral, Co Kerry, Ireland

Ardfert Ecclesiastical Site

Ardfert Ecclesiastical Site

 Ardfert Cathedral interior

Ardfert Cathedral interior

Temple Na Hoe

Temple Na Hoe, Ardfert

Temple Na Hoe

Temple Na Hoe -the west face

Cathedral's romanesque west doorway

The Romanesque west doorway of the Cathedral