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#Hidden Ireland

# hidden-ireland - 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.

# hidden-ireland - 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.

# hidden-ireland - 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.

# hidden-ireland - 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.

# hidden-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.

# hidden-ireland - 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.

# hidden-ireland - 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.

# hidden-ireland - 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.

# hidden-ireland - Sunday 18 January, 2015

Uncovering another Ireland... by cycling 1000kms along an old railway line

Artist Pamela de Brí found lots of interesting people and places during her trip.

# hidden-ireland - Saturday 3 January, 2015

Five incredible things we discovered about Ireland's hidden history in the last year

Take some time out to read all about these pockets of Ireland’s past.

# hidden-ireland - Monday 27 October, 2014

Many Irish 'ghost stories' are untrue... except these ones

And this man has written a book about them.

# hidden-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.

# hidden-ireland - 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…

# hidden-ireland - Sunday 21 September, 2014

What's being done about historic gravestones at the 'Cabbage Gardens' being vandalised?

The burial site is located in a park, but even CCTV hasn’t deterred people from vandalising them.

# hidden-ireland - 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.

# hidden-ireland - Saturday 30 August, 2014

Where in Ireland was the ‘Doll’s House’?

It was immortalised in a Frank O’Connor story.

# hidden-ireland - Sunday 17 August, 2014

Here’s how graves were protected from bodysnatchers in 1800s Cork…

‘Bodysnatching grilles’ were not an uncommon sight.

# hidden-ireland - Saturday 16 August, 2014

# hidden-ireland - 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.

These handbags held the precious belongings of asylum patients

A new exhibition by artist Alan Counihan tells their story.

# hidden-ireland - Monday 4 August, 2014

The mysterious young doctor who captured Ireland in black and white

John J Clarke loved taking photographs of the world around him – and luckily for us, 200 of his photos have been digitised.

# hidden-ireland - Saturday 2 August, 2014

This Wexford man walked 10,000 miles through China in 1914 to find his family

Dr Hadden survived 2,000 people throwing “clods of earth” at him during one point in his journey…

# hidden-ireland - 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.

# hidden-ireland - 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.

# hidden-ireland - 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.

# hidden-ireland - 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.

# hidden-ireland - 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.

# hidden-ireland - Sunday 30 March, 2014

David Walsh has been to 503 islands off Ireland’s coast. He’s now written a book.

“The tide can be flooding past the rock so you only get one shot,” Walsh explains.

# hidden-ireland - 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.

# hidden-ireland - Saturday 8 March, 2014

Hidden Ireland: From the Boyne flows the story of Ireland

Archaeologist Neil Jackman takes us on a guided tour of the treasures of one of Ireland’s most important historical hotspots.

# hidden-ireland - Sunday 12 January, 2014

Neil Jackman's guide to the historical gems of Waterford

That’s 1100 years of history in the making, you know.

# hidden-ireland - Thursday 26 December, 2013

Hidden Ireland: Where to get in your St Stephen's Day walk

Archaeologist Neil Jackman picks fascinating sites nationwide for a stroll today.

# hidden-ireland - Saturday 23 November, 2013

Glorious: See Glendalough in all its autumnal technicolour

This week, Neil Jackman captures the Wicklow site at a point when its beauty is matched only by its archaeological significance.

# hidden-ireland - Saturday 9 November, 2013

Hidden Ireland: Ready to meet Ireland's very first farmers?

This week, archaeologist Neil Jackman is awed by the Neolithic treasures of Lough Gur, as well as a stunning Kerry fort complex and a Galway medieval cathedral.

# hidden-ireland - Saturday 2 November, 2013

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Hidden Ireland: Ancient Ireland's secrets unveiled

You’ll be inspired to take a trip to your local heritage site after reading this.

# hidden-ireland - Saturday 26 October, 2013

Hidden Ireland: Step into the site where Halloween began

Archaeologist Neil Jackman steers us around some spooky ancient Samhain spots in Roscommon, Dublin, Meath and Wexford. Hold us.

# hidden-ireland - Saturday 19 October, 2013

Hidden History: The guide to preserving your family archive

These top tips from National Library of Ireland’s conservation expert could help you hold onto family memories for longer.

# hidden-ireland - Saturday 12 October, 2013

Hidden Ireland: 3 amazing heritage sites to see this autumn

Archaeologist Neil Jackman leads us through a mystical stone circle in Donegal, an abbey with a bloody past in Mayo and a medieval village in Cork.

# hidden-ireland - Saturday 28 September, 2013

Hidden Ireland: Have you seen this ancient carving of a hurley and sliotar?

For the All-Ireland hurling replay day that’s in it, check out that historic gem (in Donegal!) and others in Tipperary and Tyrone as part of Neil Jackman’s bi-weekly series.

# hidden-ireland - Saturday 14 September, 2013

Hidden Ireland: The passage tomb that predates Newgrange by 700 years

As part of the Hidden Ireland series, Neil Jackman looks at three fascinating places to visit this weekend in Sligo, Kildare and Fermanagh.

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