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Irish Heritage – A Photo Essay

From the legends of the early Mesolithic settlements and the folklore of Gaelic Ireland to invasions by the Vikings, the rise of Christianity, feudal wars and civil wars; the history of Ireland has been violent, fascinating and complicated. Luckily there still are many remaining buildings, ruins, castles and forts to help us understand and to allow us to look back at how things were hundreds or even thousands of years ago.

Let’s take a look at the wonderful Irish heritage in this new photo essay.

Dunguaire Castle in Ireland
Dunguaire Castle

St Mary's Cathedral in Kilkenny, Ireland.
St Mary’s Cathedral in Kilkenny
The Rock of Cashel
The Rock of Cashel
Irish heritage: Cathedral at Rock of Cashel.
Cathedral ruins at the Rock of Cashel
Four Courts in Dublin
Four Courts in Dublin
Spanish Arch in Galway, Ireland.
Man playing the tin whistle under the Spanish Arch in Galway
Irish heritage: Ballyalban fairy fort.
Ballyalban fairy fort
Irish hertitage: Cong Abbey ruins
The ruins of Cong Abbey
Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral in Cork.
Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral in Cork
Trinity College in Dublin.
Trinity College in Dublin
Town Hall of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Town Hall of Belfast
Irish heritage: Carrickfergus Castle
Carrickfergus Castle
The Kilfenora High Crosses, Ireland.
The Kilfenora High Crosses
Kylemore Abbey in Connemara
Kylemore Abbey in Connemara
Galway Cathedral.
Inside Galway Cathedral
Saint Canice's Cathedral in Kilkenny, Ireland.
Saint Canice’s Cathedral in Kilkenny
Athassel Priory ruins.
Ruins of Athassel Priory, located in the middle of a field
Irish heritage: Athassel Priory
Athassel Priory, close-up
Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin, Ireland.
Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin
Poulnabrone Dolmen in the Burren, Ireland.
Poulnabrone Dolmen in the Burren
Dublin's Christ Church Cathedral, Ireland.
Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral
Ballycarbery Castle ruins in Ireland.
What’s left of Ballycarbery Castle
Kilkenny Castle.
Kilkenny Castle
Ross Errilly Friary in Connemara, Ireland.
Ross Errilly Friary

This is the second in a series of three photo essays about Ireland. The first one was about the colorful and lively Irish Streets.

(UPDATE: The third one is about the stunning Irish Coast.)

Some further reading:

Athassel Priory
Carrickfergus Castle
Dunguaire Castle

Fairy Forts
Kilfenora High Crosses
Kilmainham Gaol

Kylemore Abbey
Poulnabrone Dolmen
Rock of Cashel
Ross Errilly Friary

You can find more of my photos in my travel photography portfolio.

Do you like to learn about the history of a country you’re visiting?
Would history be a reason for you to visit a particular place?

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