Nenagh Castle

Nenagh Castle, Co Tipperary

Nenagh castle, the finest example of a cylindrical keep in the country, was built around 1200 AD by Theobald Fitzwalter, who came over with first Anglo-Norman invasion.

The upper windows and crenellations were added in the 19th century
The upper windows and crenellations were added in the 19th century
Tie stones show where the curtain wall ran from the west side of the tower
Tie stones show where the curtain wall ran from the west side of the tower
The garderobe
The Garderobe
Looking down on the ruins of the southern gatehouse and tower
Looking down on the ruins of the southern gatehouse and tower
The keep with the gatehouse in the background
The keep with the gatehouse in the background
Round-arched embrasure
Round-arched embrasure

Hag’s Head

Hag’s Head, The Cliffs of Moher

Stunning scenery, probably the most spectacular stretch of coastline in the country – but best avoided in the windy weather!

 A Napoleonic watch tower, built in 1803
A Napoleonic watch tower, built in 1803, close to the site of a 1st-century BC fort (long since disappeared)
Looking from Hag's Head across to Doolin
Looking from Hag’s Head across to Doolin

 

The curious rock formation from which Hag's Head gets it's name
The curious rock formation from which Hag’s Head gets it’s name
 The cliffs
The cliffs rise up to 700 feet above sea level

Killilagh Church

Killilagh Church, Doolin, Co Clare

Dating from c.1500, the roof of the church was set on fire by Cromwellian soldiers while mass was being said inside.

West Gable
The west gable, with a small square-topped bell chamber and window
Ogee-headed window in the side chapel
Ogee-headed window in the side chapel

 

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Macnamara tomb
The empty Macnamara tomb, which served as a temporary “jail” during the War of Independence

Oughtmama

Oughtmama,The Burren, Co Clare

An ancient monastic settlement, originally founded by St Colman Mac Duagh. The largely 12th century ruins are situated in a fertile valley among the spectacular limestone hills of the Burren.

East Church
The east church, situated outside the inner enclosure and possibly a lady chapel?
Round Headed Doorway
Round headed doorway in small oratory
Western Church
Western church, with oratory to the rear
Trabeate Doorway
Trabeate doorway, western church