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Of Heroes and Giants

The mighty Proleek Dolmen is a portal tomb which dates from around 3000BC, and which lies in the heart of Cuchullain country. However, this iconic monument is associated with another hero of Irish mythology, the giant, Fionn mac Cumhail. The  ‘Giant’s Table’ is another name for the dolmen, which actually comes from a Breton word ‘tolmen’ which means ‘stone table’.

Planning Your Visit to Ireland? Lay Siege to a Castle!

There may be more impressive castles in Ireland than Maynooth Castle, but this is certainly one of the oldest, and arguably, one of the most interesting and historically significant. Although Ireland is well known for its castles, they’re… Read More

Planning your Visit to Ireland? See the Oldest Tree in Ireland.

Most of you will no doubt be aware by now that I have returned to full-time education. Well, I’m about to start my second year, but you can imagine how my ears pricked up during last year’s induction… Read More

Burren. Ballyvaughan.

Gleninagh Castle, Co Clare | The Wild Atlantic Way

Gleninagh comes from the Irish Gleann Eidhneach, which means ‘valley of ivy’. The castle itself stands overlooking Galway Bay, in the shadow of the Black Head, called in Irish Ceann Boirne, which means ‘Burren Head’. Gleninagh Castle was the stronghold of… Read More

Burren. Closer view of typical stone wall, well weathered

Newtown Castle, Co Clare | The Wild Atlantic Way

Towards the end of our first day’s hiking in Co Clare, we came down off the tops and walked along a quiet country lane into Ballyvaughan, and came across this strange looking building… Newtown Castle is a C16th… Read More