Tag Archive: Ireland

True Gaelic: Unearthing Medieval Ireland

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True Gaelic: Unearthing Medieval Ireland is a documentary that takes you along as archeologists unearth a mysterious Irish lordship dating to the Middle Ages. Powerful Irish lords ruled over this land but very little has been known about their uniquely Gaelic way of life—until now. This excavation promises to rewrite Irish history as the unknown…

Uncovering Templar church ruins beneath the grounds at Glasgow Airport

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Fly in to Glasgow Airport and you’re likely to see the bright lights of the city to the east, the runway below – certainly a glimpse of the River Clyde winding its way through the city. What you won’t notice as readily is a piece of history dating back to the sixth century – and…

Medieval Irish castle is glioblastoma patient’s gift to others

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Paul Roberts is a lucky man. The glioblastoma multiforme patient has long outlived the dire prognosis he was handed more than six years ago when he was diagnosed with this incurable form of brain cancer. Grateful for the time he’s had, the native of Ireland has purchased a medieval castle — Corofin Castle in County…

Ireland: The Struggle for Power by Jeffrey James

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Ireland has a rich history and Jeffrey James explores over 600 years of Irish history in his new book Ireland The Struggle for Power. We caught up with Jeffrey for an interview about his writing life and his new book. Grab your copy of Ireland: The Struggle for Power from the Amberley Publishing website: https://www.amberley-books.com/ireland-the-struggle-for-power.html…

Want a Game of Thrones Vacation? Visit Northern Ireland!

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From the Tollymore Forest to the Marble Arch Caves, Ireland is the Seven Kingdoms! To explore the world of Westeros you only need to travel as far as Ireland. Ireland boasts more Game of Thrones locations than any other country in the world! While your waiting for the new season of Game of Thrones to…

Mapping the Medieval: Ithaca College Professor Building Digital Model of Ireland’s Trim Castle

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Imagine touring a medieval castle without ever leaving your room. That may soon be possible thanks to the efforts of Professor Michael “Bodhi” Rogers and a team of students from Ithaca College. Rogers and four students traveled to County Meath, Ireland, in June to use a laser scanner to map Trim Castle. Built during the…

Saint Patrick: History and Legends

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Saint Patrick was a 5th century British Christian missionary. He is known as the “Apostle of Ireland” and is one of the patron saints of Ireland. It’s believed during Saint Patricks thirty years of missionary work in Ireland he converted over 135,000 people, established 300 churches, and consecrated 350 bishops. Patrick was captured by Irish…

Preserving Butter Medieval Style

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Like most people these days, we have a refrigerator to keep food fresh, and it runs on electricity — and here in Ireland, we get that from burning peat, or “turf.” A short walk from our house in the Bog of Allen, the land has been strip-mined to remove, press and dry the turf, in…

Activists hoping to raise funds to restore famous medieval priory in Kerry

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Plans are afoot in mid-Kerry to restore what was once one of the richest priories in Ireland. Historians and foreign tourists mostly comprise the annual visitors to the Augustinian Abbey at Killagha near Milltown, completed in Anglo-Norman times. However, locals are determined to make it a major attraction again. Founded in 1215-1216 by Strongbow’s nephew…

Ireland’s 9 Most Haunted Sites

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Lady Isobel and the Phantom Children Looking at Ballygally Castle, a cute Scottish baronial pile on the Antrim coast, you’d never think it was one of the most haunted places in Ireland. It all started when a previous owner locked his wife, Lady Isobel, in a tower because she couldn’t produce a male heir. Rather…

Drone Technology Aids in Discoveries at Medieval Irish Sites

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Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) have been gaining attention in the news for the last few years, but archaeologists like Saint Louis University history professor Thomas Finan, Ph.D., have always appreciated what aerial photography could accomplish. Finan says UAV technology, along with high speed computer applications and mapping software, and sensors that can collect multi-spectral image…

Medieval Skeleton Discovered Under Uprooted Tree

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When an old beech tree toppled over during winter storms in Ireland this year, a skeletal surprise was hiding in the gigantic mass of roots pulled from the ground: the remains of a medieval boy. The 215-year-old tree was uprooted in May in Collooney, a town in the county of Sligo, on the northwest coast…

County Kilkenny in Ireland is full of a medieval magic

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The mischievous charm of Ireland’s people lures many travellers to Dublin, the city that has a wink in its eye and a thriving pub culture. And Ireland’s mythic countryside – craggy cliffs and rolling emerald fields – has a scenic and sentimental attraction for all those Aussies with Irish roots. Many visitors do a city…

Haunted Castles: Castle Ghosts of Ireland

Tonight is Devil’s Night, the night before Halloween! What better way to ‘celebrate’ than to sit down in a dimly lit room and watch ghost stories from Ireland. The Castle Ghost series first aired in 1995 on the BBC. Hosted by acclaimed English actor Robert Hardy. This episode takes us on a tour of Ireland…

Haunted Castles: Carbury Castle, Ireland

Ruins of Carbury,County Kildare

I never had the opportunity to visit Carbury Castle and I’m not sure why. I spent a lot of time in and around Dublin but never in County Kildare. Next time I will make sure to visit the castle ruins…probably during the day! So what do you think, is the castle haunted? Watch the documentary…