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Sunday 1 April, 2018

A ghostly Famine-era village and a Pirate Queen castle: Put Achill on your 'to-do' list
# Heritage Ireland
# Heritage Ireland

A ghostly Famine-era village and a Pirate Queen castle: Put Achill on your 'to-do' list

Apr 1st 2018, 8:45 AM 24,385 Views 19 Comments

Archaeologist Neil Jackman explores the historical treasures of Achill Island as part of his new book on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Friday 30 March, 2018

One for the weekend: A trip around the historic Beara peninsula
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# Easter Trip

One for the weekend: A trip around the historic Beara peninsula

Mar 30th 2018, 8:00 PM 21,826 Views 12 Comments

Exclusive extract from archaeologist Neil Jackman’s new book about the historical treasures of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Saturday 20 August, 2016

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

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

Aug 20th 2016, 11:15 AM 12,216 Views 11 Comments

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
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# Heritage Ireland

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

Oct 23rd 2015, 8:30 PM 26,570 Views 10 Comments

No matter where in the country you are…

Friday 9 October, 2015

Poisoned by a priest or an unknown illness? The mysterious death at Lough Oughter
# Heritage Ireland
# Heritage Ireland

Poisoned by a priest or an unknown illness? The mysterious death at Lough Oughter

Oct 9th 2015, 9:00 PM 22,251 Views 12 Comments

Plus: the rise of the river Shannon.

Friday 18 September, 2015

The king in 'high spirits' who arrived to Ireland stuffed with goose pie and Irish whiskey
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# Heritage Ireland

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

Sep 18th 2015, 9:00 PM 16,891 Views 10 Comments

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
# Heritage Ireland
# Heritage Ireland

The bizarre way this castle protected itself from deadly attackers

Sep 4th 2015, 9:15 PM 33,402 Views 22 Comments

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
# Digging For Treasure
# Digging For Treasure

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

Aug 22nd 2015, 10:10 AM 11,393 Views 17 Comments

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
# Heritage Ireland
# Heritage Ireland

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

Aug 21st 2015, 9:15 PM 18,530 Views 6 Comments

Plus: the ancient monastery of Iniscealtra.

Friday 7 August, 2015

The widowed Máire Rua married Cromwell's junior officer to keep her Burren house
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# Heritage Ireland

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

Aug 7th 2015, 9:30 PM 20,317 Views 5 Comments

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
# Heritage Ireland
# Heritage Ireland

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

Jul 24th 2015, 8:15 PM 28,731 Views 17 Comments

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
# Heritage Ireland
# Heritage Ireland

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

Jul 10th 2015, 7:00 PM 45,133 Views 14 Comments

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
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# Hidden Heritage

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

Jun 26th 2015, 8:30 PM 22,291 Views 14 Comments

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...
# Heritage Ireland
# Heritage Ireland

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

Jun 12th 2015, 8:00 PM 28,087 Views 30 Comments

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
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# Column

Why we should support the Heritage Council for another 20 years

Jun 5th 2015, 9:30 PM 117 Views 13 Comments

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
# Heritage Ireland
# Heritage Ireland

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

May 29th 2015, 8:00 PM 21,915 Views 8 Comments

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
# Heritage Ireland
# Heritage Ireland

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

May 15th 2015, 8:15 PM 31,707 Views 26 Comments

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
# Heritage Ireland
# Heritage Ireland

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

May 1st 2015, 9:15 PM 36,981 Views 41 Comments

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
# Heritage Ireland
# Heritage Ireland

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

Apr 17th 2015, 9:30 PM 39,290 Views 21 Comments

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
# Heritage Ireland
# Heritage Ireland

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

Apr 4th 2015, 9:15 AM 13,062 Views 9 Comments

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
# Heritage Ireland
# Heritage Ireland

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

Mar 21st 2015, 9:15 AM 26,148 Views 5 Comments

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
# Hidden Heritage
# Hidden Heritage

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

Mar 7th 2015, 9:30 AM 21,163 Views 25 Comments

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
# Heritage Ireland
# Heritage Ireland

This dramatic Derry clifftop estate was a magnet for high society

Feb 21st 2015, 9:15 AM 12,300 Views 12 Comments

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...
# Heritage Ireland
# Heritage Ireland

Ever heard of Darby's Bed? Diarmuid and Gráinne 'slept' here...

Feb 7th 2015, 9:15 AM 19,627 Views 19 Comments

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
# Discover Ireland
# Discover Ireland

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

Nov 1st 2014, 9:45 AM 18,449 Views 18 Comments

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
# Winter Is Coming
# Winter Is Coming

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

Oct 18th 2014, 9:45 AM 19,246 Views 28 Comments

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
# Hidden Ireland
# Hidden Ireland

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

Oct 4th 2014, 9:45 AM 13,474 Views 4 Comments

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
# Hidden History
# Hidden History

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

Sep 20th 2014, 9:15 AM 13,738 Views 7 Comments

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
# Hidden History
# Hidden History

Heritage Ireland: Why you need to see the Copper Coast

Sep 6th 2014, 9:15 AM 17,983 Views 8 Comments

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
# Heritage Ireland
# Heritage Ireland

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

Aug 23rd 2014, 9:15 AM 9,615 Views 1 Comment

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
# Hidden History
# Hidden History

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

Aug 9th 2014, 9:45 AM 50,820 Views 14 Comments

Dunmore Cave has a chilling tale to tell visitors.

Saturday 26 July, 2014

Heritage Ireland: The oldest lighthouse still in use in the world
# Hidden History
# Hidden History

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

Jul 26th 2014, 9:45 AM 27,626 Views 20 Comments

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?
# Hidden History
# Hidden History

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

Jul 12th 2014, 9:15 AM 20,107 Views 14 Comments

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
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# Heritage Ireland

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

Jun 28th 2014, 9:15 AM 9,197 Views 6 Comments

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
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# Heritage Ireland

Digging Tlachtga: Discovering secrets from Ireland's past

Jun 14th 2014, 9:15 AM 11,844 Views 6 Comments

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
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# Heritage Ireland

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

May 31st 2014, 9:15 AM 9,675 Views 7 Comments

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
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# Lia Fáil

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

May 29th 2014, 3:20 PM 37,066 Views 144 Comments

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
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# Heritage Ireland

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

May 17th 2014, 9:45 AM 24,964 Views 15 Comments

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
# Take A Walk
# Take A Walk

Heritage Ireland: Discovering the ancient Slí Mhór among the bluebells

May 3rd 2014, 9:45 AM 14,042 Views 12 Comments

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
# History
# History

Heritage Ireland: 3 amazing sites to see this Easter weekend

Apr 19th 2014, 9:45 AM 13,180 Views 13 Comments

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

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