Castleroche – A Medieval Frontier Fortress.

Landscapes hide their past well – Ireland’s tumultuous and violent medieval history is scarcely evident at all. However when driving north-west from Dundalk, the appearance of Roche Castle on the horizon reveals a tantilising glimpse into this regions violent and … read more

In the footsteps of a medieval warlord.

Maurice Fitz Thomas the first Earl of Desmond is one of my favourite characters in medieval Irish history. His life was a litany of violence, mayhem, murder and rebellion. You can hear the full story of Maurice’s life and deeds … read more


Ballymoon Castle – This didn’t end well….

Of the hundreds of ruinous castles across Ireland, Ballymoon is among the most unusual and mysterious. Situated in the upper Barrow Valley outside Bagnelstown, Ballymoon was never completed but abandoned at midpoint in construction. What happened is unknown but given … read more

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Cordes-sur-Ciel – A medieval town in pictures.

When I visited Cordes-sur-Ciel last January I was blown away by this incredible medieval French town. On first appearance it seems nothing has changed in the last seven centuries. Despite the fact people continue to live within its walls Cordes-sur-Ciel is … read more


History at sunset.

These are a few snaps I have take at sunset of various historical locations at sunset. Rather than leave them sitting on my laptop I though they were worthy of a share. Kilkenny Castle, Medieval fortress and 19th century mansion.  … read more


Spain – in search of civil war and revolution

I’ve been fascinated by the Spanish Civil War and revolution for years. Aside from the ideological context to the conflict it is one of the great ‘what ifs’ of history. Between 1936 -1939 anarchist, socialist and republicans in Spain supported … read more


Photo Essay: Lea Castle a medieval fortress

Lea castle stands in remote spot on the head waters of the Barrow river, two miles east of Portarlington Co. Laois. These ruins once withstood numerous medieval sieges and witnessed some of the greatest events in Irish medieval history but … read more

Rothe House

Rothe House Kilkenny – a 17th century mansion.

Rothe House is an early modern mansion in Kilkenny city. The complex was built by the wealthy merchant family the Rothe’s from 1594 onwards. The mansion consists of three buildings seperated by courtyards and was completed in 1610. It has … read more


A journey through medieval county Kilkenny in pictures

County Kilkenny has perhaps one of the highest concentrations of medieval remains in Ireland. Conquered in the decades after the Norman invasion of Ireland in 1169, the area was heavily restructured. This saw an intensive and large-scale building programme begin … read more


Ballybeg Priory, co. Cork

I am currently finishing episode 14 of the podcast. Hopefully it will be out early next week, in the meantime here is a short photoessay of Ballybeg priory, Co. Cork. Situated close to the medieval town of Buttevant in North … read more


Barryscourt Castle, Co Cork.

Barryscourt Castle, county Cork is perhaps the best restored castle in Ireland. Situated 10 miles east of Cork city at Carraigtwohill,  the towerhouse has been renovated to what it looked like in the late 16th century. Below are a series … read more


The Rock of Dunamase

The Rock of Dunmase is a stunning medieval ruin perched on a rocky outcrop a few miles east of Portlaoise, Co Laois. Overlooking the surrounding landscape the ruinous castle was once a formidable fortress. Standing atop a steep rock  it … read more


Photo essay: Loughmoe Castle.

Loughmoe Castle is situated on the banks of the river Suir in North Tipperary. Built between the 15th and 17th centuries it was the seat of Barons of Loughmoe, the Anglo-Norman Purcell family. The earliest surviving structure on the site is … read more