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Famine Graveyard,County Sligo,Ireland The sculpture by Fred Conlon called Faoin Sceach(Under the Hawthorn).This tree stands as a symbol of dignity.It marks the graves of the unnamed dead who perished in the Great Famine of 1845-47.The Great Hunger was like a never-ending winter.The desolation brought hunger,disease and death.The lone tree was held in a position of high importance from early Celtic mythology. The boulder stones surrounding the base allude to ancient forms of burial.

Glendalough, Ireland has a monastery founded by St, Kevin, a hermit monk, in the early 600s and several old churches like this one Love this

Glendalough, Ireland

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St. Patrick’s Grave, Downpatrick. ©Wikipedia

Sign Outside an Irish Pub

Thatched farmhouse at Ulster American Folk Park, near Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

Straw bales in a field near Tandragee, County Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Water wheel and barn house at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, County Down, near Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Enniskillen Castle County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

Moneagh Castle ruins County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

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Bunratty Castle, located in County Clare, is a large 15th century castle and is hailed as a one of Ireland’s popular tourist attractions.MacNamara family constructed the vast structure that still stands to this day back in 1425 but the initial settlement is thought to date back to the time of the Vikings. Today the castle is run by Shannon Heritage and is fully open to the public.

Malahide Castle resides in County Dublin in the beautiful seaside town of Malahide. Some of the castle’s structures date as far back as the 12th century.The castle boasts a decorated history as it has survived after attacks during the Battle of the Boyne and in the 1920s James Boswell’s private papers were discovered at the estate.

Trim Castle is a Norman fortress located in Trim, County Meath on the River Boyne. The castle was built in the 12th century during the Norman rule and is said to have acted as the centre of Norman administration for the Lordship of Meath. The castle is also the largest Norman castles to have been constructed in Ireland. Trim Castle is referred to in the poem “The Song of Dermot and the Earl”.

Blarney Castle resides in Blarney near Cork and was built in the 15th century, with some of the older structures dating as far back as the 13th century.Blarney Castle is one of the most famous castles Ireland has to offer due to it being the home of the Blarney Stone, the giver of eloquence in exchange for a kiss. As well as this, it is one of Ireland’s most visually attractive castles.

Parkes Castle is situated near Leitrim in County Leitrim and the existing structure was completed in the early 17th century.During the 20th century the castle underwent extensive restoration works and is now a hidden gem that stands as not only a tourist attraction but also a place in which to stay.

Ross Castle is in County Kerry and is the ancestral home of the O’Donoghue clan.The castle was built in the 15th century and resides next to the lake at Killarney.Ross Castle was one of the last castles to surrender to Oliver Cromwell’s Roundheads during the Irish Confederate Wars. The interior of the castle is currently in ruin however; the exterior of the castle is a handsome tourist attraction.

This 13th century castle resides in County Kilkenny.Kilkenny Castle stands as a reminder of the Norman rule in Ireland during the 13th century and would have been used as a defensive fortress during the time.