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The Abbey was erected on the site of an older monastery some time after 1216 by Geoffrey de Marisco for the Canons Regular of St. Augustine. The Abbey was dedicated to Our Blessed Lady and by 1302 it was the third richest monastery in the Diocese of Ardfert with its Prior being a Lord of Parliament.
Only the church, with a single long nave, remains. The windows, doors and niches made from sandstone can be dated to the 13th century, while the limestone work including the fine east window were inserted in the 15th century. The Abbey was suppressed in 1576 and the domestic buildings to the south were destroyed by Cromwell's soldiers....
You are invited to relive The Court House Drama of being 'Sent Down' in the Bridewell of the 1830's. Follow the wretched life of Thomas Dillon as he is charged with wilful trespass. Spine chilling recreation with life size models.
YOU ARE SUMMONED TO STOP AND WITNESS....
The Kerry Museum and the Geraldine Experience can be found in Tralee’s Ashe Memorial Hall, located at the end of Denny Street. As one of the towns top tourist attractions, the museum is always busy making the experience that little bit more authentic as all the people around you become as engrossed in 15th century living as you.
Follow the museums chronological route where you will meet Kerry’s first settlers in the Late Mesolithic site at Ferriter’s Cove on the Dingle Peninsula. Here you will learn of Kerry’s archaeology and history. Every artefact that you encounter has its own story to tell varying from a beautiful sunflower pin worn by the fashion-conscious in the Bronze Age, to the duelling pistols used by Daniel O’Connell, The Liberator, in the early 19th century.
The Geraldine Experience provides each visitor a unique vision of what medieval Tralee was. Hop on board a 'time car' and you will be taken back to 1450 to see how the people lived, the rats that roamed the streets, the effects that illness had on people and even smell the stench of the 15th century town....
Listed among the top tourist attractions in Ireland, situated in the heart of the beautiful Killarney National Park and found close to the shore of Killarney’s lower lake is Muckross House, one of Ireland's largest stately homes.
Built in 1843, Muckross House was the epitome of a typical 17th century mansion. Then in preparation for Queen Victoria’s visit in 1861, some elaborate renovations were made, making the house the wonderful spectacle that it is today.
Today the rooms that you can see are furnished in period style and expose the elegant lifestyle of the 19th century landowning class, the houses last residents. When you come to the house you can also see the servants living quarters, which are, located deep down in the basement.
The house itself is surrounded by beautiful gardens and is an ideal place to go for a walk! Admire the houses fine collections of azaleas and rhododendrons, its extensive water garden, and an outstanding rock garden made out of limestone....
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.<...
Arrestingly sited on a ridge where it commands the attention of travellers on the road south-east of Waterville, this is one of the more accessible alignments in a county which affords several fine examples.
Its four monumental stones, up to 10 feet in height, extend east to west for 30 feet. This appears to have been part of a more complex structure. There are traces of an enclosure, or possibly the base of a cairn, on the south side, as well as what looks like remnants of a megalithic tomb adjoining the alignment.
According to local tradition, this is the burial place of the wife of Amergin, chief of the legendary Milesian invaders. It is interesting to note that the date given in the annuals for their arrival in Ireland, c 1700 BC, corresponds with the period to which one would expect this monument to belong.
Alignments, called stone rows in Britain, are well represented in the counties of Cork and Kerry, where perhaps fifty are known. They are usually built on elevated ground and often appear conspicuous on the skyline, which may have been a necessary part of their function....
The Speir Bhean (spirit woman) monument situated opposite the Franciscan Friary was erected to commemorate Kerry's four leading poets; Piaras Feirtear (1616-1653); Geoffrey O'Donoghue (1620 - 1690); Aogan O Rahilly (1670 - 1726) and Eoghan Rua O'Sullivan (1748 - 1784). Piaras Feirtear was hanged where the Friary now stands....
This is the ideal way to visit many parts of the country, from Donegal to Kerry. Tours include a trip around the famous Ring of Kerry where you will experience some of the most stunning scenery this county has to offer along with visiting many historical and well known sites.
Carrigafoyle has had a stormy history and although wrecked by a series of bloody sieges, remains a remarkable castle. Cleverly located between the high and low water marks on the shore of the Shannon Estuary, it comprises a large tower built towards the end of the 15th century by the O'Connors of Kerry. The tower was protected on the landward side by two square bawns, an inner one with rounded turrets and an outer with square towers at the corners. These bawns extended into the water and enclosed a small dock, so that boats could sail right up to the castle - a rather useful if not unique feature....
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