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Seven of the eight Ogham stones in this group were discovered in a souterrain at Coolmagort in the nineteenth century and have been set up on this site close to Dunloe Castle. The tallest stone is 8 feet high. There is also a prostrate slab taken from the grounds of nearby Kilbonane church.
Ogham stones were frequently used as lintels in the construction of underground passages. Because of their long protection from exposure, the Dunloe inscriptions are unusually well preserved. All are of a commemorative nature, as is usual in these monuments....
The Story of Kenmare and Mapped Heritage Trail.
The Heritage Centre covers themes such as: Kenmare Lace Exhibition (Lace Making Displays), Famous Visitors to Kenmare, The Nun of Kenmare, The History of Kenmare, Historical Sites in Kenmare, The Effects of the Famine on Kenmare, The Landlords of Kenmare.
Personal Sound Tours:
One of the features of the exhibition is the provision of personal Sound Tours, these are personal headsets which give each visitor an extra dimension to their visit....
The Park Hotel was built originally as a railway hotel in 1897 and has the sturdy gray-stone dignity of the period. It is high on a hillside, with immaculate terraced gardens and walkways leading down to fields, woods and the tidal estuary of the Kenmare River. Its own 9-hole golf course is off to one side, bright hanging baskets of flowers are suspended from the delicate ironwork tracery of the verandah with groups of white chairs set out invitingly on the lawn.
The long drive curves up behind the hotel to an impressive entrance reached by a flight of steps beneath an awning. In the elegant hall hung with vast oil paintings, very correctly attired but welcoming receptionists greet you and invite you to sign in at an antique desk....
Tourdingle offer a variety of activity and discovery holidays to suit all interests, catering for couples to singles, families and groups. There are six different activity holiday packages to choose from which include, Walking/Hiking, Equestrian, Historical/Archaeological, Watersports, Eco-Marine and Fishing/Angling. You can decide on one activity for the week or better still if you are interseted in trying something new why not choose to sample some of the many activites tourdingle have to offer....
When you come to see the Gallarus Oratory, you will see the best preserved early Christian church in Ireland. Built in the 7th or 8th century, Gallarus Oratory is found in natural farmland overlooking Smerwick Harbour on the Dingle Peninsula. It has been exposed to the winds and Atlantic weather for over 1200 years and this stone building to this day remains waterproof.
Its shape, often likened to an upturned boat is unusual, though not unique in early Irish churches. The oratory embodies the pinnacle of dry-stone corbelling, using techniques first developed by Neolithic tomb-makers. The distinctive shape is due to the stones being placed at a slight angle, lower on the outside than the inside to allow water to run off. The oratory remains waterproof to this day.
Measuring 15ft by 10ft, when you step inside the oratory you will experience a life gone by as you stare in awe at this stonework masterpiece.
The Gallarus Oratory Visitor Centre offers visitors the opportunity to explore the Oratory and also to enjoy an audio visual display of the archaeological sites of the peninsula and the history of the Gallarus itself....
Wednesday 14th July 2010: Experience life in 1210 by living in a castle for a week, meet the bugs of Corlea Bog, get an 18th Century Guide to Marriage, celebrate Tara & Irish heritage with Paul Muldoon and Colm Toibín, trace your ancestors, dance at the crossroads, taste some famine soup, get an insight into the life of Dublin’s women street traders, take a surf lesson through Irish, explore the royal canal or go on the hunt for bats in Dromoland Castle…..just some of the 1100 events included in the National Heritage Week Event Guide, launched today by the Heritage Council.
National Heritage Week, which is coordinated by the Heritage Council, runs from 21st – 29th August 2010 and the majority of events throughout the week are FREE. 50,000 copies of the National Heritage Week Event Guide, launched today will be available free throughout the country. Complete event listings are also available on the National Heritage Week website, www.heritageweek.ie
Speaking at the launch in ESB’s No 29, Georgian House Museum Senator David Norris, Ambassador for National Heritage Week said, “At difficult times like this it is very important to remember the glorious cultural heritage that we have whether it be in the built environment, an understanding of our social traditions, sport or the tracing of the glorious variety of our ancestry. I commend the Heritage Council for their initiative in coorindating this".
Commenting on the value of National Heritage Week Michael Starrett, CEO of the Heritage Council said, “despite the tough economic times National Heritage Week continues to grow with more events than ever scheduled to take place this year. The success of the week is thanks to the many creative event organisers nationwide who promote the week locally and use it as an opportunity to showcase the wealth of heritage in their community.
Over the last few years we have seen a definite change in attitude towards heritage. We are seeing a growing interest in heritage matters amongst the general public and in particular an increase in the number of people wanting to not only experience heritage but get involved in and learn more about their heritage. National Heritage Week provides a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to participate and have fun. There are events for all interests throughout the week so I would encourage people to pick up a copy of the event guide or log on to www.heritageweek.ie and see what is offer in their county”.
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 Great Blasket Island, located off the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, is known for its historic, cultural and literary heritage.
In the 1920's and 1930's, native Blasket writers produced books which have become classics of their kind. As its young people continued to emigrate, the Blasket community declined. The island was abandoned in 1953 when only 22 inhabitants remained.
The state of the art Blasket Centre, on the mainland in Dun Chaoin, celebrates the islanders and their unique literary achievements. It's dedicated to the native Irish language.
The average length of a visit is one hour. The Centre is fully accessible for visitors with disabilities and it's open for bookings during the winter, please telephone....
The Lartigue Monorail was a unique railway line which ran from Listowel to Ballybunion between 1888 & 1924. Reputed to be the only one of its type in the world to commercially operate, it was characterised by an engine and carriages which ran along a single rail standing 3 feet off the ground through the centre of the train. Designed by French engineer Charles Lartigue, you can now be part of history and experience this unique mode of transport at the reconstructed Lartigue Monorailway, Listowel....
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