Category: Ireland’s Ancient East

Nov 26
The Story of the Tin Church

There are some places where the past seems to live in the present. Laragh Heritage Village is one of those places. Why not see for yourself? Take a stroll to the extraordinary St Peter’s Tin Church and transport yourself back to the heyday of this unique village. It’s 1891. You find yourself amidst a hive […]

Nov 26
The Royal Origins of Glaslough

The story of the illustrious Leslie family, owners of the beautiful Glaslough Estate, goes back a thousand years to when a young Hungarian nobleman called Bartholomew Leslie was chamberlain to Margaret, Queen of Scotland. One day, as they crossed a swollen river on horseback, the Queen’s horse stumbled. “Will my buckle hold?” the terrified Queen […]

Nov 26
The Saint of Clones

Irish Christianity shone a powerful light on Ireland’s Ancient East. Journey back in time with us and follow the story of Christianity as it helped shape Clones. The story begins with Saint Tighernach. Born to a royal mother, devout and determined, he earned fame for raising the Archbishop of Armagh, Doach, from the dead. Just […]

Nov 26
The Patrick Kavanagh Trail, Inniskeen

‘The bicycles go by in twos and threes – There’s a dance in Billy Brennan’s barn tonight And there’s the half-talk code of mysteries And the wink-and-elbow language of delight.’   In Ireland’s ancient East, the storyteller or bard was a man of great importance. None greater in a land that loves the word. And […]

Nov 26
The Jewel of Hope

In Ireland’s Ancient East, where dazzling beauty is all around, they love to tell the story of one of the world’s most famous jewels and the family who owned it and gave it its name. But why not hear it from the horse’s mouth? As you stroll the tranquil wooded walks around meandering Lough Muckno, […]

Nov 26
The Australia bound Teenage Girls of Carrickmacross

When you know the story behind it, a simple object can evoke the most intense emotions.  Take three wooden travel boxes that feature in an installation by artist Orlagh Meegan-Gallagher at the atmospheric Carrickmacross Workhouse. Items around the boxes – a bonnet, cloak and old door – offer clues, however, it’s the boxes, made from […]

Nov 26
The Rossmores of Monaghan

An idyllic oasis of tranquillity, Rossmore Forest Park holds a number of clues as to the family that once lived in its castled grounds. Wander through this beautiful area and you’ll come across these clues, one by one. Look carefully and you’ll see the buttresses of the old castle walls and the entrance stairway, a […]

Nov 26
The Magic of Mullan

Memories are made of this. Of working at a bustling mill, smuggling food past customs guards, conducting romances at dance halls and fishing at a tranquil river. Mullan represented the very essence of real Irish country life. It was back in the 18th century that Mullan was planned as a centre for linen manufacture. Later, […]

Nov 26
The Fairytale Lace of Carrickmacross

It was called a fairytale wedding. In one of the most eagerly awaited royal weddings of the age, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, won plaudits from the fashionistas of the world when she walked down the aisle to marry her prince in a striking long-sleeved dress with sheer, cream-lace arms. And like every good […]