From Vikings and Celts, to the Brits and the French.
It often surprises me how we can ignore the presence of the past, just because it is an everyday sight. We have so many old ruins of castles, churches, graveyards, towers and keeps, that most people in Ireland don’t give them a second glance any more.
Personally, I love them. Old monasteries offer so much history that you can spend hours in one, just trying to make out the writing on the centuries-old gravestones. I’m certain that visitors to this island appreciate how lucky we are to have so much history on our doorsteps.
You can find everything from Napoleonic watch towers perched high on sheer-drop Atlantic cliffs, to fully intact castles often used in movies and tv series like ‘Game of Thrones’.
You may even come across a ‘Folly’, or ‘False Ruin’ like the one built by the mad ‘Earl of Belvedere’, Co.WestMeath.He built it to obstruct the view of his brothers house…which was bigger than his! I recommend reading about this crazy guy as the story is quite uniquely funny and sad.