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By Molly Kalafut

Loughcrew Cairns

Oldcastle, Ireland

Loughcrew Cairn Circles

The Loughcrew Cairns are Neolithic passage tombs including megalithic chambers dating from 3,000 BC. Decorated stones inside the cairn are lit by the morning sun on the autumnal and spring equinoxes. It was probably designed that way to measure the sun's movement through the year.

Loughcrew Cairns Chamber

Cliffs of Moher

Coast of West Clare, Ireland

Cliffs of Moher

Reaching over 700 feet tall and stretching more than five miles long, the view can include Aran Islands and Galway Bay.


Shanonbridge, Ireland


Clonmacnoise is a monastic site chosen in 545 AD due to river and road travel junction on the east side of the River Shannon. It was founded by Saint Ciaran. The site has been a burial place for Connanught and Tara kings, a monastery (7th-12th centuries) and a scriptorium (8th-10th century).

Skyline of Clonmacnoise

Well known for itís cathedral ruins, eight churches (10-13th centuries), two round towers (10th century), 3 high crosses (9th century), Whispering Arch and 200+ burial slabs. It has been frequently destroyed and attacked: 5 times by fire, 3 by Vikings, 5 by Normans, 26 times by Irish. It was also ruined in 1552 by the Athlone English garrison.


St. Patrick's Cathedral

Dublin, Ireland

Saint Patrick's Cathedral

This cathedral was originally built in 450 AD near the site where St. Patrick may have baptized people. It is also Jonathan Swift's burial site.

Saint Patrick's Cathedral

Locke's Distillery Museum

Kilbeggan, Ireland

Locke's Distillery

Small pot still distillery from 1757 producing whiskey for over 200 years. Guided and self-guided tours through the building, followed by a sampling of the whiskey.

Trinity College

Dublin, Ireland

Trinity College

Founded in 1592, the 40 acre university contains gardens, parks, museums and the awesome Long Room library - which has more than 200,000 books and the Book of Kells (800AD).

Archbishop Marsh's Library

Dublin City, Ireland

Archbishop Marsh Library

This is the oldest public library in Ireland built in 1701 by Archbishop Narcissus Marsh. Holds 25,000 books, 250 volumes of manuscripts and early printed books.

Tullynally Castle and Gardens

Castlepollard, Ireland

One of the largest Gothic revival castles in Ireland, it was built in its present form starting in 1803. Offers afternoon tea.

Blackwater Works


Railway Bog Tour

West Offaly Railway Bog Tour - Teaches about 10,000 years of history and offers chance to cut turf by hand.


Copyright 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and beyond! By Molly Kalafut