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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The Phoenix Park in Pictures

The Phoenix park is one the largest walled city parks in Europe. Situated on the fringe of Dublin city centre, the park was opened to the public in 1745. Since then it has seen numerous monuments and buildings erected and … read more

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Virtual tour of Caernarfon Castle, Wales

Built by Edward III in the 13th century, Caernarfon castle is one of the most impressive castles in Britain. Situated in Gwynedd on the north-west coast of Wales it is an enormous structure unlike any castle still standing in Ireland. Along … read more