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Saturday 20 August, 2016

Get out and about with our guide to the best of Heritage Week

We’ve got a great round-up of events taking place around the country.

Friday 23 October, 2015

No plans for the long weekend? Here’s 16 brilliant Irish things to see

No matter where in the country you are…

Friday 9 October, 2015

Friday 18 September, 2015

The king in ‘high spirits’ who arrived to Ireland stuffed with goose pie and Irish whiskey

Plus: Being young in the1980s and coveting a football-shaped radio.

Friday 4 September, 2015

The bizarre way this castle protected itself from deadly attackers

Plus: a group of aristocratic playboys who drank, caroused and got up to all manner of blasphemy and badness in Ireland.

Saturday 22 August, 2015

Fancy joining an archaeological dig? Check out some of our favourite heritage events

Ireland’s canals, mines, breweries, potteries and cotton mills tell us much about our heritage. Let’s celebrate them.

Friday 21 August, 2015

Brian Boru’s ‘Island of Churches’ is the perfect place to relax and unwind

Plus: the ancient monastery of Iniscealtra.

Friday 7 August, 2015

The widowed Máire Rua married Cromwell’s junior officer to keep her Burren house

Plus: The tomb effigy of Conor O’Brien, King of Munster, who was killed in a battle in 1267.

Friday 24 July, 2015

The doctor who wanted to turn a castle into a mental asylum but blew it up with dynamite

Plus: The castle owner and King’s manin Carlow who married the Pirate Queen’s granddaughter

Friday 10 July, 2015

One of Ireland’s best medieval castles was the scene of a bitter showdown between two brothers

Archaeologist Neil Jackman explores Cahir in Tipperary, home to one of Ireland’s best-preserved medieval castles.

Friday 26 June, 2015

One of Ireland’s best high crosses is 1,200 years old and hidden in a small Kildare village

Archaeologist Neil Jackman explores a medieval house in Cork and a remarkable high cross in Kildare.

Friday 12 June, 2015

The best medieval statue in Ireland is 8ft tall and in a ruined church in Kilkenny…

Want to explore Ireland’s history? Archaeologist Neil Jackman has two suggestions for you to visit in Kilkenny.

Friday 5 June, 2015

Why we should support the Heritage Council for another 20 years

Its funding has been decimated but it preserves our historical gems and pulls in tourists – what’s not to love?

Friday 29 May, 2015

The huge 17th century fort in Cork where a key battle between two English kings was fought

Archaeologist Neil Jackman explores a huge fort in Kinsale and one of the most exquisite romantic gardens in the country.

Friday 15 May, 2015

“A place of sacrifice”: Tour the stone circle that freaked out a 1930s psychic

Archaeologist Neil Jackman explores one of the country’s finest stone circles and the quiet final resting place of a remarkable penal times priest.

Friday 1 May, 2015

Ireland’s largest Norman castle was built by a womaniser who ended up being decapitated

Archaeologist Neil Jackman explores two of Ireland’s most beautiful castles – Emo Court in Laois and Trim Castle in Meath.

Friday 17 April, 2015

These mysterious caves in a Sligo hillside carry secrets from the Ice Age

Archaeologist Neil Jackman explores two of Ireland’s most intriguing ancient sites – the Caves of Keash and Dun Aonghasa.

Saturday 4 April, 2015

Step from Ireland’s pre-Famine past to life in the New World in the Sperrins

Fancy stretching the legs over the Easter weekend? Archaeologist Neil Jackman has more suggestions for great historical sites to visit around the island of Ireland.

Saturday 21 March, 2015

See the house built by Clonmel schoolmasters to show off their love of history

The Careys had a round tower, a medieval Norman-style hall and Gothic and Romanesque arches in their palatial 19th century pad.

Saturday 7 March, 2015

Did you ever climb 121 steps up through Irish history? You should

St Canice’s Cathedral – and its fantastically-preserved round tower – is a jewel in the centre of medieval Kilkenny.

Saturday 21 February, 2015

This dramatic Derry clifftop estate was a magnet for high society

Archaeologist Neil Jackman finds medieval magic in Limerick and a splendid demesne in Derry.

Saturday 7 February, 2015

Ever heard of Darby’s Bed? Diarmuid and Gráinne ‘slept’ here…

Discover this magical ancient site in Co Limerick, and a monastic complex that saved locals from slaughter in Kilkenny as Neil Jackman’s Heritage Ireland returns.

Saturday 1 November, 2014

Heritage Ireland: Deserted medieval towns, the Hellfire Club and Lady Rohesia’s gem

Archaeologist Neil Jackman leaves us for the winter with a bumper trip around Ireland.

Saturday 18 October, 2014

Heritage Ireland: This may be the most stunning location for a castle

Archaeologist Neil Jackman tours Dunluce Castle in Antrim, the ‘least-understood’ of the Boyne Valley tombs, and the wonderful Drumcliff in Sligo.

Saturday 4 October, 2014

Heritage Ireland: A born fighter, bloody battles and the castle at the heart of it

Archaeologist Neil Jackman criss-crosses the country to bring you a massive cairn in Sligo, a castle in Antrim with a bloody past, and a dolmen with an interesting supersition…

Saturday 20 September, 2014

Heritage Ireland: The church at the crossroads of Dublin’s ancient past

St Audoen’s in Dublin city centre stands by the most ancient road into Dublin. (And learn, too, about where the monks from Skellig Michael fled from their lonely rock in the sea.)

Saturday 6 September, 2014

Heritage Ireland: Why you need to see the Copper Coast

Archaeologist Neil Jackman transports us to another batch of wonderful Irish historical gems in Sligo, Dublin – and that incredible southerly Copper Coast.

Saturday 23 August, 2014

Heritage Week: Here’s how to kick off your weekend

In this special edition of our Heritage Ireland series, Neil Jackman takes his pick of Heritage Week events and fun…

Saturday 9 August, 2014

Heritage Ireland: The lonely Kilkenny cave that witnessed a massacre of 1,000 people

Dunmore Cave has a chilling tale to tell visitors.

Saturday 26 July, 2014

Heritage Ireland: The oldest lighthouse still in use in the world

Let archaeologist Neil Jackman lead you through the amazing past and present of Hook Lighthouse as well as trips to a major ancient monastery and Georgian splendour.

Saturday 12 July, 2014

Heritage Ireland: Who is this man with the frightfully fancy tomb?

Archaeologist Neil Jackman brings us on a round tower with a view and a fantastically flamboyant neo-gothic mansion.

Saturday 28 June, 2014

Heritage Ireland: A magnificent doorway into Laois’s sacred past

Archaeologist Neil Jackman guides us to an ancient monastery with breathtaking sculpture, a medieval fortress built by an Irish lord – and a manor house fit for a queen…

Saturday 14 June, 2014

Digging Tlachtga: Discovering secrets from Ireland’s past

Archaeologist Neil Jackman with the final part of his three-part series on the momentous dig on the ancient site of Tlachtga in Meath.

Saturday 31 May, 2014

Digging Tlachtga: Getting into the trenches with Ireland’s past

Archaeologist Neil Jackman with part two of his three-part series on the momentous dig on the ancient site of Tlachtga in Meath.

Thursday 29 May, 2014

The famous standing stone on the Hill of Tara was vandalised last night Lia Fáil This post contains images

The famous standing stone on the Hill of Tara was vandalised last night

The criminal damage has been widely condemned today.

Saturday 17 May, 2014

Dig this: How we plan to get to heart of one of Ireland’s most mysterious sites

The first in a series of three articles which follows the discoveries being made at Tlachtga – one of Ireland’s most enigmatic archaeological sites.

Saturday 3 May, 2014

Heritage Ireland: Discovering the ancient Slí Mhór among the bluebells

Archaeologist Neil Jackman guides us through an ancient roadway that traversed Ireland, a fine medieval priory and an intriguing hermit cell hidden in a church.

Saturday 19 April, 2014

Heritage Ireland: 3 amazing sites to see this Easter weekend

Lovely Doneraile Park, ancient Derrynaflan and iconic Clonmacnoise – archaeologist Neil Jackman guides you through these magical sites.

Saturday 5 April, 2014

Hidden Ireland: Where was St Brigid’s firehouse and why did the flame go out?

This week, archaeologist Neil Jackman guides us through a mysterious and massive Bronze Age complex in Tyrone and medieval treasures in Kildare and Kilkenny.

Saturday 22 March, 2014

Hidden Ireland: Were these giant tombs a big show of oneupmanship?

This week, Neil Jackman looks at three off-the-beaten-track places to visit this weekend in Tipperary, Kerry and the Dublin mountains.

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