Dunluce Castle is a now-ruined medieval castle in Northern Ireland. It is located on the edge of a basalt outcropping in County Antrim, and is accessible via a bridge connecting it to the mainland. The castle is surrounded by extremely steep drops on either side, which may have been an important factor to the early Christians and Vikings who were drawn to this place where an early Irish fort once stood.
5th Century St. Patrick's Well, off the main Cahir Clonmel road, near Clonmel, Ireland. The remains of the altar tomb of Nicholas White of Clonmel (d. 1622) are in the remains of the 17th century church incorporating Romanesque fragments of an even older church. At the centre of the small lake is a weathered Celtic Cross which dates from early Christian times in Ireland.
Tens of centuries ago, amid Irelands iconic green, rolling landscape, the kings of Ireland were anointed on a hill of tremendous importance—a place where spirituality met with royalty, and mythical traditions began. The Hill of Tara, one of the most revered spiritual sites in Ireland, is a place where druids held festivals, priestesses were trained and shaman’s rites were performed. Dating back to about 4000 B.C., Tara’s importance to the Irish has withstood the test ...
"A detail from St. Manchan's Shrine, Boher, Ballycumber, Co. Offaly. Ireland. Made at Clonmacnois about 1130 A.D. Note the happy guy third from the left who is holding an axe, is thought to be St. Olaf of Norway. This shrine is ranked among the Treasures of Ireland and is possibly the only such religious shrine to remain with the people who love it in its home parish. The ornamental work is a mix of Viking and Irish styles." photo and text by Alan Lonegan on flickr
The small passage tomb known as the Mound of the hostages or Duma na NGiall dates to around 2500BC. The tomb gets its name from the custom of Irish kings taking important people hostage, one of these kings was known as Niall of the Nine Hostages who had taken hostages from all of the provinces of Ireland and from other countries. The passage tomb is one of only two monuments at Tara that have been excavated. TNeill