Queen Maeve

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Cloghcor Portal Tomb in Co Sligo. Photograph: Courtesy of Sligo Heritage Office

The passage tomb landscape of Co Sligo, which includes such landmarks as Queen Maeve’s cairn and the megalithic cemeteries at Carrowkeel and Carrowmor(...)

“I visited the sculpture of Cúchullain and Ferdia, depicted after their epic fight at the river ford for which the town is named”

In Ardee for a 5k road-race last Saturday, I visited the sculpture of Cúchullain and Ferdia, depicted after their epic fight at the river ford for whi(...)

Benbulben isn’t really fit for climbing – you have to cross private land and scaling it can be dangerous unless you’re with an experienced climber.

Ah, Sligo. So small yet so full of stuff to do. Take Sligo town, its shopfronts and stone bridges and stunning new architecture carefully laid out acr(...)

Documentary maker and writer Gráinne Lyons, at Aughris Head in Co Sligo. Photograph: James Connolly

Two weeks past midsummer in June 2019, I stood on a cliff edge at the tip of Cape Clear Island, the Fastnet lighthouse a hazy silhouette against the h(...)

Aerial photograph of Rathcroghan mound, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Joe Fenwick, NUI Galway

What if I were to tell you that the ancient royal capital of Connacht still exists today, with many of its ceremonial and ritualistic buildings still (...)

Queen Maeve’s Trail, in Strandhill, Co Sligo, is a special place made sacred by our Stone Age ancestors, and mythologised by their Iron Age descendants – and by a modern poet

Think Strandhill, Co Sligo, and golf and surfing spring to mind. But up behind the town, hiding above silent limestone ramparts, is a special place we(...)

Johnny Ronan, now often to be found in the Ivy restaurant in Dublin, thinks he is back after his Celtic Tiger misadventures. Photograph: Tom McEnaney/McEnaney Media

It was early summer in 2014, and Johnny Ronan, then still a ward of Nama, was trying to kickstart the deal that he hoped would restore him to commerci(...)

Poulnabrone dolmen in Co Clare. Photograph: iStock

A koan is a paradoxical riddle without a solution. It’s also an apt definition of many of Ireland’s placenames. These encoded glimpses into our cultur(...)

William Francis de Vismes Kane was an English-born sheriff of Monaghan.  He was also an ardent unionist. He coined the name “Black Pig’s Dyke”  to unify disparate archaeological elements.

With all the talk about hard and soft borders, post-Brexit, an event in Monaghan town tonight may offer light relief. Or perhaps not. Its theme is the(...)

Queen Maeve of Connacht is one of the Irish kings and queens whose lives you can follow around Ireland. Illustration: Expedia

The history of Ireland, with our tales of battles and intrigue, kidnappings and murders, plus our strong women who ruled the land, would offer a rich (...)

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