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The oldest surviving artefacts of the Celtic church are the cross-pillars and slabs found at a number of monastic sites throughout the country. They represent the first tentative steps in the development of Irish ecclesiastical art. Unlike the alter ringed crosses which evolved from them, the earliest Christian crosses were simply inscribed on suitable natural stones with no attempt at shaping. Sometimes in situ pagan standing stones were adopted for the purpose.
The Reask cross-pillar is one of several early monuments recently discovered at an ancient enclosure in the west of the Dingle peninsula. It is among the most exquisite of its type and in the few years since it came to light it has attracted widespread attention. The late influence of Celtic La Tene decoration is implicit in the flowing spiral patterns, while the incorporation of the bold intrinsic facets of the stone into the overall design is especially striking, producing a harmony of line and form that is aesthetically very pleasing....
Dingle Oceanworld is an experience not to be missed! Walk through the underground water tunnel and come face to face with deadly sharks or hold a star fish. You will be amazed with the amount of sea life to be found here!...
An Iron Age promontory fort, one of the most sophisticated monuments of its class, remarkable for the ingenious nature of its defences. It stands on a V-shaped headland in the south-west of the Dingle peninsula and while not difficult of access is unsignposted because of its hazardous condition, to which warning notices on the site draw attention.
The position of Dunbeg is very exposed and parts of the cliff have been severely eroded, carrying sections of the masonry into the sea. The landward defences consist of a massive drystone wall almost 150 feet in length, extending in a roughly east to west direction across the promontory. A series of earthen banks with intervening fosses form a complex outworks. The most noteworthy feature of the fort is its entrance. of it Macalister wrote in 1898: ' in the whole of the earlier architecture I know of no more remarkable work than the imposing entrance through this great wall.' It remains much as he saw it, the passageway is about 20 feet long, roofed with large lintel stones and guarded by flanking sentry chambers contained in the thickness of the wall....
If it is a walking tour or a trip along the beautiful lakes of Killarney you are sure to find an excursion to suit your needs with killarney Day Tours....
Once home to the famous Irishman, Daniel O Connell, Derrynane House now displays many relics of O Connell’s life and of his career as a lawyer, politician and statesman. There are also 120 hectares of parkland to roam as well as fabulous scenic sites to be seen.
Opened as a museum in 1967, Derrynane House has been a popular site amongst tourists ever since. Furnished with family portraits, writings and a great many items relating to Daniel O’Connell’s political life, it will appeal especially to the history lover.
A video presentation outlines the life and times of the great man who obtained Catholic Emancipation for Ireland. To Irish people he is known as ‘the Liberator’. ...
The ancient monastery of Kilmalkedar, founded in the seventh century by St Maolcathair, is one of the foremost Early Christian sites of the Dingle Peninsula. The existing church is a twelfth-century building consisting of a nave to which a chancel was added at a later date, as was the usual practice. Many of the features which typify Irish Romanesque architecture are present. The bold antae with animal-head decoration are well preserved, as is the round-headed doorway with blank tympanum. The high pitched gables (one with finial) survive intact, but of the original barrel-vaulted roof only the merest fragments remain. In the nave is a good example of blind colonnading, recalling Cormac's Chapel at Cashel, with which it is often compared. late-Romanesque geometric motifs adorn the columns of the chancel arch.<...
This fort dates back to the Iron age and is a fascinating example of a promontory fort. There is a visitor centre which presents a ten minute audio visual display on the history of the fort....
The Old RIC Barracks in Cahersiveen has become a major local amenity as well as a heritage centre. It houses the local tourist office and exhibitions of material on Daniel O Connell and the Fenian Rising in the locality....
The grandfather of poet Robert Graves rented the original house at Parknasilla as a summer residence. It was bought by Southern Hotels, who in 1890 erected a new hotel nearby, designed by the architect of the Park Hotel and Ashford Castle. Southern Railways, who found themselves in the curious position of owning a winter resort hotel nowhere near a rail station. Their passengers had to be conveyed by horse and carriage the not inconsiderable fifteen miles from Kenmare.
The view is magnificent: the bay is spread out before the hotel and is scattered with small islands - the hotel owns two, and you can walk to them over a footbridge and picnic there if you wish. There is also a little private rocky cove, hidden beside the indoor pool, where sailing boats and a motor boat for water skiing await your pleasure. There are large, well-tended grounds with palm trees, horses if you wish to ride, and a prize winning village to explore a few miles down the road.
The hotel has been entirely refurbished and a new wing added since its Victorian heyday....
This monastery was founded for monks who came to the mainland here from the offshore island of Skellig Michael in the 12th or 13th century. As with their former monastery, this one was also dedicated to St. Michael.
The buildings have been partially eroded by the sea. The two remaining churches seem to date however from the 15th century and have windows and a door with dressed stones. Adjoining one of the churches is a 15th century cloister garth with a large hall on the other side of it....
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