Tag Archive: Ireland

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

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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…

Shannon Estuary’s Scattery Island Celebrates History of Clare Monastic Settlement

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Two medieval carvings that mysteriously went missing from Scattery Island in the Shannon Estuary more than 150 years ago have been located and are to be returned to the island as part of a Gathering event next month. According to the Scattery Island Heritage & Tourism Group the stone artefacts were removed from the former…

Galway’s medieval churches at risk

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Galway’s medieval churches could be under threat from ivy and an increase in rainfall, according to the author of a new survey. Surveyor Simon Large was contracted by Clare County Council to carry out a comprehensive study of the churches in County Clare and found that a third of the 170 churches examined had disappeared…

‘Medieval Mile’ plans to be unveiled in Kilkenny

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Let’s keep the posts on the Emerald Isle today. If you have never visited Ireland you need to book a trip now! It is a fabulous destination filled with castles, pubs, natural wonders, ancient forts and wonderful people. If you have the time and money definitely consider visiting ireland. ~The Archivist Plans for a ‘Medieval…

Kilkenny is ‘the Ireland of visitors’ imaginations’

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Kilkenny has “a timeless appeal” and is “the Ireland of many visitors’ imaginations,” according to the latest edition of top travel book The Lonely Planet which was published last week. Top sights recommended by the guide include Kilkenny Castle, Butler Gallery, St Canice’s Cathedral, the National Craft Gallery and Kilkenny Design Centre, Black Abbey, Butter…

Five Things to do in Dublin Outside the Pub

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These are five great places to visit in Dublin. I would add a sixth and recommend you also visit Kilmainham Gaol. It is a creepy jail that makes the hair on your neck stand up. Check it out when you’re in Dublin. But when you hear footsteps behind you don’t look back, just keep walking……