Céide Fields, Mayo

Céide Fields on the north coast of County Mayo has been described as the most extensive Stone Age monument in the world. During the 1930s, local turf cutters became aware of large numbers of stones in regular formations deep beneath the bog. Modern excavations revealed an enormous and complex network of walled fields, dwelling areas and neolithic tombs dating back …

Old Mellifont Abbey

The ruins of Mellifont Abbey in County Louth are rich in Irish Christian history. Founded in 1142 by Saint Malachy, Archbishop of Armagh, it was the first Cistercian monastery in Ireland – built in the formal style of French Cistercian abbeys. At its peak, it had one hundred monks and three hundred lay brothers. It survived for more than four …

Boyne Viaduct, Drogheda

The town of Drogheda has many notable historical landmarks, of which the Boyne Viaduct with its fifteen stone arches is a relatively recent arrival. Construction began in 1853 and lasted some two years. At the time, it was only the seventh bridge of its kind in the world. The Viaduct carries the main Dublin-Belfast railway line. Prior to its opening, …

Old Town Skyline, Drogheda

The town of Drogheda, County Louth, is dotted with historical buildings and landmarks – more than most Irish towns of its size. This silhouette image of the municipal skyline features two such structures. In the centre is the Tholsel, constructed in 1770, with its distinctive domed clock tower. To the right is St Peter’s Church of Ireland which dates back …

The Boyne Bridge

It’s official title is the Mary McAleese Boyne Valley Bridge, after the former Irish President in honour of her contribution to the Northern peace process. However locals tend to refer to it simply as the Boyne Bridge. Either way, it’s an impressive piece of engineering and a striking feature on the landscape as it spans not just the river but …

Opera House Dreamscape

The lone couple walking past Australia’s most iconic building appear to be making their way through an intense light-filled dream. And the heat was indeed intense on the sweltering January day when most other people opted for the relative cool beneath the eaves and awnings of Sydney Opera House. The Opera House is one of those buildings that pulls in visitors …