Kealkil Stone Circle

Arts/Culture/Heritage, Heritage SitesWest Cork

Kealkil Stone Circle in West Cork, consists of a small five stone circle, two large standing stones (one eight feet tall, the other almost sixteen feet) and a cairn of stones with a ‘kerb’ of stones set upright in a radial pattern around the inside. Th …

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Drombeg Stone Circle Glandore

Arts/Culture/Heritage, Heritage SitesWest Cork

Drombeg Stone Circle, situated about two miles south-east of Glandore village, is probably the best known archaeological site in West Cork. Before it was excavated by Professor Edward Fahy in 1957, it was known locally to the locals as the Druid’s Alta …

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Youghal Heritage Site

Arts/Culture/Heritage, Heritage Sites, Outdoors, WalkingEast Cork, Youghal

A visit to the Heritage Centre in Youghal  is an essential first step to viewing the town itself. The Heritage Centre is incorporated into the Tourist Office in the old Market House. It displays of artefacts, images and models illustrate the history of …

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Lios na gCon Ringfort

Arts/Culture/Heritage, Heritage SitesClonakilty, West Cork

The Lios-na-gcon Ringfort is where a defended homestead of the first millennium A.D. is being reconstructed on the basis of a full archeological investigation of the site. Lios nagcon is one of three circular earthworks in the townland known as Darrara …

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Mallow Castle

Arts/Culture/Heritage, Built Heritage, Heritage SitesMallow, North Cork

Built by Sir Thomas Norreys in the late 16th century, Mallow Castle is a ruins fortification, even though it resisted the besiegement by Mountgarrett in 1642, but was later captured by Lord Castlehaven and the Confederates in 1645, only to be abandoned …

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Kanturk Castle

Arts/Culture/Heritage, Built Heritage, Heritage SitesKanturk, North Cork

Now an unfinished castle, the construction of Kanturk Castle in Duhallow began in 1601 by Dermot MacOwen MacDonagh. The English Council ordered a halt to the progression of the building, after neighbours complained of its size. Some accounts note that …

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The Michael Collins Centre

Arts/Culture/Heritage, Heritage Sites, Museums/Heritage CentresClonakilty, West Cork

The Michael Collins Heritage Centre exhibits the life & tragic death of the legendary Michael Collins. A video and guided tour explore the exhibition which contains many photographs and memorabilia of the famous patriot. Run by Mr. Collins’ direct …

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Desmond Castle

Arts/Culture/Heritage, Built Heritage, Heritage SitesKinsale, West Cork

Built as a custom house by the Earl of Desmond in circa 1500, Desmond Castle has had a colorful history. It was occupied by the Spanish in 1601 and used as a prison for captured American sailors during the war of Independence. The castle was also used …

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Barryscourt Castle

Arts/Culture/Heritage, Built Heritage, Heritage SitesCarrigtwohill, East Cork

Barryscourt Castle was the seat of the Barry family from the 12th to the 17th century and was home to the most powerful branch of the family, the Barrymores. Parts of the present Castle have been extensively restored and overall the place provides a fi …

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