By Bernice Cooke
Whispering their stories as we walk amongst what was and now what isn't. From battlefields, to Castles, Forts to Island Prisons, Famine Graves to forgotten cottages. When have you really looked off the beaten path at the history that emanates from our surroundings. The places that don't feature on a tourist map, those places you stumble upon when out for a walk. What, why, who and where answered in each episode.
Whispering StonesMar 27, 2023
Echoes of Athlone: Unearthing the Secrets of a Resilient Castle
In this captivating episode of Whispering Stones, we travel back to the heart of Ireland, where the storied Athlone Castle stands guard over the River Shannon. "Echoes of Athlone: Unearthing the Secrets of a Resilient Castle" offers a vivid journey through the centuries, exploring the tumultuous history of this iconic fortress.
We begin in the 12th century, uncovering the origins of Athlone Castle under the O'Connor Clan's reign. The narrative then leads us to the tragic events of the 13th century, where disaster strikes during reconstruction under John de Gray's supervision, ordered by the King of England. As we traverse the 14th and 15th centuries, the castle becomes a battleground, constantly shifting hands between Irish and English control.
The episode takes a dramatic turn with the Bruce Invasion and the fiery Scottish attacks in the 16th century, highlighting the castle's strategic importance and resilience. The 17th century unfolds with the Confederacy Rebellion, Cromwell's conquest, and the Williamite War, revealing tales of siege, bravery, and transformation.
Listeners are then transported to the 18th century, where Athlone Castle emerges as a bulwark during the Napoleonic Wars, symbolizing rebirth and strategic might. Today, the castle is a testament to history, its visitor center serving as a portal to a bygone era.
"Echoes of Athlone" is not just a historical account; it's a narrative woven with the threads of resilience and human spirit. Engaging soundscapes, vivid storytelling, and a call for audience interaction make this episode a compelling piece for history enthusiasts and casual listeners alike.
Join us as we unravel the secrets of Athlone Castle, where every stone tells a story of conquest, survival, and transformation.
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Whispers from Killua: Echoes of a Castle's Past and Present
In this episode of "Whispering Stones," we embark on a captivating journey to Killua Castle in County Westmeath, Ireland. Once a neglected ruin, this 18th-century castle has been lovingly restored, transforming into a symbol of beauty and resilience in the Irish countryside. We delve into the castle's rich history, tracing its origins to Sir Benjamin Chapman in the 1700s and exploring its connection to the famous T.E. Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia. Through a blend of historical facts and engaging storytelling, we uncover the intriguing tales of the Chapman family, their architectural additions, and the mysterious Raleigh obelisk. The episode invites listeners to experience the grandeur of the restored castle, encouraging a virtual tour to appreciate its current splendor. Join us as we unravel the secrets of Killua Castle, revealing its journey from a forgotten relic to a treasured historical landmark. Why not have a look at my version of Killua Castle at night, the vibrant night time hues give it a princess vibe check it out here 👉https://bernicecookeartist.com/products/killua-castle-county-westmeath-original-painting
Echoes of the Past: Unveiling the Mysteries of St. Munna’s Ancient Church
In this episode of Whispering Stones, titled "Echoes of the Past: Unveiling the Mysteries of St. Munna’s Ancient Church," we delve into the rich history and architectural splendor of St. Munna’s Church in Taghmon, Co. Westmeath. Built in the 15th century on the site of a 6th-century monastery, this church stands as a testament to Ireland's ecclesiastical heritage.
The episode highlights the church's unique architectural features, such as its stone barrel-vault and the robust four-storey western tower, illustrating how these elements provided sanctuary and security in turbulent times. Special attention is given to the elegant ogee-headed windows and the intriguing Sheela-na-Gig carving, which offers a glimpse into the complex symbolism intertwined in Irish and British churches.
Listeners are also introduced to the architectural terms like "machicolation" and "base batter," enhancing their understanding of the church’s design. The episode then explores the significant renovation undertaken in 1843 by the esteemed architect Joseph Welland, acknowledging his contribution to preserving the church's legacy.
The narrative weaves historical facts with engaging storytelling, inviting listeners to reflect on the enduring beauty and significance of St. Munna’s Church, not merely as a structure of stone but as a living chronicle of faith and resilience.
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Echoes of Inchbofin: A Tale of Monks, Monoliths, and Memories
In this captivating episode of "Whispering Stones," we travel back in time to explore the mystical Inchbofin Island, a hidden gem in the eastern part of Lough Ree. Our journey begins in the 6th century with Saint Rioch, who founded a monastery that became a beacon of spirituality, recorded in the ancient Annals until 1089. We then delve into the architectural wonders of the 12th century - two remarkable churches built under the auspices of the Canons of St. Augustine monastery. The grander church, adorned with an exquisite Romanesque window and a stone-carved Bishop’s head, and its smaller counterpart, embody the spiritual and artistic legacy of the island.
Transitioning from the ancient to the modern era, the episode brings to life the stories of the last families who called Inchbofin home, enduring through the isolation brought by the great Snowstorm of 1947. Their tales of resilience and adaptation offer a poignant glimpse into the life and soul of the island.
As we conclude, "Echoes of Inchbofin" invites listeners to reflect on the serene monastic life, the enduring architectural marvels, and the indomitable human spirit that has permeated this island through the ages. This episode is not just a historical narrative but an immersive experience, beckoning us to uncover the layers of stories that Inchbofin Island whispers to those who listen.
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Illuminated History: The Artistic Soul of Athlone's Riverside Sanctuary
"Step into the hallowed echoes of Athlone where the 'Whispering Stones' podcast unravels a tapestry woven with divine artistry and historical threads. In this episode, ‘Through the Looking Glass: The Whispering Stones of Athlone's Renaissance Jewel,’ we delve into the soul-stirring beauty of the Church of Saints Peter and Paul. Witness a sanctuary where the River Shannon flows as a silent witness to centuries of devotion, and where stained glass windows cast prismatic tales of faith and fortitude.
Discover the artistic genius of Richard King, the apprentice who stepped out of the shadow of his mentor, the famed Harry Clarke, to etch his legacy in light and color. From the lingering traces of a 12th-century abbey to the transformation of sacred spaces in the wake of the Reformation, this episode is a pilgrimage through time, art, and spirituality.
Join us as we peel back layers of history to reveal the beating heart of Athlone's most treasured landmark. With every pane of glass and stone, hear the whispers of the past in a chorus with the present. Are you ready to see history in a new light? Press play and let the journey begin."
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Uisneach: The Hearthstone of History
Dive into the captivating world of Irish history with our latest Whispering Stones Podcast episode, "Uisneach: The Hearthstone of History".
Uncover the secrets of Uisneach, a mystical hill in County Westmeath, revered as the spiritual and geographical heart of Ireland. From the enigmatic Neolithic monuments to its role as a political and spiritual hub, this episode weaves together the threads of time, revealing Uisneach’s significance from pre-Christian ceremonies to major political rallies in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Join us on a journey through time, exploring how Uisneach stood as a silent witness to the ebb and flow of ages, hosting ancient festivals, witnessing the endeavors of St. Patrick, and inspiring literary giants like James Joyce. With engaging storytelling, thematic transitions, and immersive narrative, “Uisneach: The Hearthstone of History” is more than a podcast episode—it's a portal to Ireland’s soul.
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Remember, "Uisneach: The Hearthstone of History" isn’t just an episode; it’s a celebration of Ireland's enduring legacy. Tune in, get inspired, and take home a piece of this legacy through my exclusive art sale. Let's keep the stories alive!
Clonyn Castle Unveiled: A History Shrouded in Mystery
In this episode of Whispering Stones, we journey to the enchanting village of Delvin, just 18 kilometers from the town of Mullingar in County Westmeath, Ireland. Our destination is the captivating Clonyn Castle, a Victorian baronial masterpiece that has witnessed centuries of history and intrigue.
We delve into the rich history of Clonyn Castle, from its construction in 1639 for Richard Nugent, the 15th Baron Delvin, to its transformation into a temporary haven for the children of Holocaust survivors during World War II. As we uncover the castle's fascinating past, we also explore the haunting mysteries that linger within its walls and the adjacent woodlands, where the legend of the white lady still roams.
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Prepare to be captivated by the history, the legends, and the allure of Clonyn Castle. And as you embark on your own adventures, remember that history never truly sleeps.
Whispers of Delvin: Castle Chronicles and Haunted Inns
Uncover the untold tales of Delvin Castle, where history meets mystery. Delve into the ancient stones that echo with the stories of loyalty, strategic intrigue, and an eerie twist of hauntings. Join us as we journey through the centuries, exploring the castle's rich history and the legends that surround it. From a haunted inn, where a blacksmith's spirit still lingers, to a controversial book that enraged the villagers, these are the stories that will leave you awestruck. Step into the past with "Whispers of Delvin" - a fascinating episode that brings the secrets of Delvin Castle to life. Listen now to experience history like never before. You can check out my artistic endeavors by having a browse at my original of Delvin Castle👉https://bernicecookeartist.com/products/the-original-delvin-castle-delvin-county-westmeath-original-painting
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Knockdrin Castle: Where Legends Reside
"In this episode of Whispering Stones, we embark on a journey to County Westmeath, Ireland, to uncover the enchanting history of Knockdrin Castle. Nestled amidst picturesque landscapes, this Neo-Gothic masterpiece has witnessed centuries of transformation and intrigue.
From its mysterious architectural origins, with debates over the architects behind its grandeur, to the castle's recent transition into the hands of Noel and Valerie Moran, we delve deep into its rich history.
Discover the castle's fascinating past, from its humble beginnings as King John's Castle to its role in hosting Sir Winston Churchill during the Irish Civil War. We also explore how it became a haven for Irish troops during World War II.
Learn about the castle's magnificent features, its 12 bedrooms, grand dining rooms, and more, and how its new owners plan to restore its former glory.
Though Knockdrin Castle remains a private residence, its story continues to captivate, offering a glimpse into a world of legends and history. Join us as we explore the whispers of Knockdrin Castle, where legends truly reside."
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Ballinlough Castle: Secrets of the Catholic Surname Switch and the Fiery Horse Maneuver
Discover the captivating history of Ballinlough Castle in County Westmeath, where the legacy of a Catholic-Celtic family defied the odds. Dive into the fascinating story of the O'Reilly family, who not only weathered the challenges of Catholicism during a tumultuous era but also orchestrated a clever maneuver involving a prized horse. Uncover the castle's evolution, architectural wonders, and the name change that shaped its destiny. Follow the Nugent family's journey, from Austrian military service to gambling debts, and the modern-day preservation efforts that keep the castle's history alive. Join us on this enchanting journey through time and heritage. If you would like to discover my original artwork of this fascinating castle please follow this link https://bernicecookeartist.com/products/ballinlough-castle-county-westmeath-original-painting
Alternatively if you are around Cork City next weekend, why not pop in to see me at Stand 11 in City Hall for the fantastic Art Source Cork. Special preview night is Thursday the 5th. Pop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like tickets, I will leave them at the door!
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Gateways to History: The Tale of Glananea House and the Smyth Nickname
"Step back in time with us as we unveil the captivating history of Glananea House and its enigmatic gate. In this episode, we journey through the centuries to explore the lavish world of Ralph Smyth, a prominent landowner, and his quest to shed a nickname that defined him. Discover the stunning architectural marvel that played a pivotal role in his identity crisis and how it ended up at a neighboring estate. Join us for a tale of grandeur, nicknames, and an unexpected twist that forever links a man to his gates. Don't miss 'Gateways to History: The Tale of Glananea House and the Smyth Nickname' – a story that reminds us how history has a way of leaving its mark, no matter how hard we try to escape it." If you would like to check out my original art piece of Glananea House Gate lodge please do 👉https://bernicecookeartist.com/products/glananea-house-gate-lodge-county-westmeath-original-painting
My current exhibition is now nearing the end and I will be taking it down on the 29th of September, but, fear not, I will be part of Art Source Cork. Located in City Hall from the 6th to the 8th of October, stand 11. If you would like an entrance ticket email me with your address and quantity to email@example.com or alternatively Whatsapp on 087 1126443.
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Victoria Cross Valor and Derby Triumphs: The Untold Story of Middleton Park House
In this captivating episode of "Whispering Stones," we embark on a journey to unveil the hidden stories and timeless charm of Middleton Park House, a Georgian gem nestled in the heart of County Westmeath. Host Bernice Cooke takes you on a mesmerizing tour of this 19th Century masterpiece, where architectural splendor meets tales of heroism and elegance.
Discover the architectural wonders that grace the façade of Middleton Park House, from its distinguished slate roof to the grand Ionic portico that welcomes visitors with open arms. Step inside to explore a harmonious blend of history and modern comfort, with underfloor heating and ornate moldings that adorn the ceilings.
But the true magic lies in the stories of its illustrious residents. Hear the tale of George Boyd Rochfort, a Victoria Cross recipient, and his brother Cecil Boyd Rochfort, the legendary racehorse trainer. Their extraordinary lives are intertwined with the house's rich history, making it a place where heroism and horse racing royalty converge.
The house also played host to glamorous parties of the 1930s and 1940s, where Hollywood screen siren Rita Hayworth once graced its halls. And as time passed, the house changed hands, leading to a unique chapter involving professional gambler Barney Curley.
As we conclude our journey through Middleton Park House, we invite you to delve deeper into its allure. Visit our website to explore original artwork of this historic gem, created by Bernice Cooke, with free shipping available in Ireland. Immerse yourself in the elegance and history that continue to echo through Middleton Park House's whispering stones.
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Whispers of Betrayal: The Tale of Belvedere House
"In this gripping episode of Whispering Stones, we journey back to the 18th century, where opulence and secrets converged within the walls of Belvedere House in Ireland. The episode unravels the harrowing tale of Robert Rochfort, the 1st Earl of Belvedere, and his wife, Mary Molesworth. As a man of wealth and social standing, Robert sought a wife to secure his lineage, but their union took a dark and tragic turn.
Discover the story of Mary Molesworth, a talented and beautiful lady who yearned for companionship in a loveless marriage. Rumors of adultery and a shocking confession set off a chain of events that would leave Mary imprisoned in Gaulstown House for an astounding thirty-one years.
While Mary's life took a tragic turn, Robert's opulence knew no bounds. Belvedere House, designed by the renowned architect Richard Cassells, stands as a symbol of his status and secrets. The 'jealous wall,' a large folly, became a testament to his rage.
Join us as we explore the history of Belvedere House, its dramatic architecture, and the stories that continue to echo through its halls. From dark secrets to acts of revenge, this episode uncovers the hidden truths of a historic place that has witnessed betrayal, love, and enduring whispers through time."
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"Whispers of Elegance: Unveiling the Timeless Tale of St. Sinan's Church"
Nestled beside the vibrant village green of Tyrrellspass, the graceful structure of St. Sinan’s Church beckons with a charm that captures the gaze. Its warm, sandstone hues create a striking contrast against the lush emerald backdrop, drawing your attention from afar. If you would like to have a look at my recreation of St. Sinan's Church in Pen and watercolor 👉https://bernicecookeartist.com/products/st-sinians-church-tyrrellspass-county-westmeath-original-painting
Or why not join me in person for the opening night at my next exhibition. Located in the beautiful Civic Building in Athlone, right beside the new shopping center - Athlone Town Center. Come along on Thursday the 7th of September for the chats, craic, refreshments and nibbles, we begin at 5.30pm. I would love to see you there!
"Echoes of Valor: Unveiling the Secrets of Tyrrellspass Castle"
Picture this: a towering sentinel from the 13th century, nestled amidst the lush landscapes of Westmeath. Tyrrellspass Castle, once home to the Tyrrell family, cousins of none other than William the Conqueror. These remarkable individuals arrived in Ireland following the Norman Invasion of the 12th century, carving their place in the tapestry of local history.
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Alternatively if you would like to see it person why not pop in to my next exhibition in Athlone. Opening Night is 7th of September a Thursday night. In the Civic building aka the library beside the new shopping center in Athlone, County Westmeath. Refreshments and canapes are the order of the evening! Oh yes and plenty of chats!
"Whispers from the Past: Unearthing Tales etched in Wilson's Hospital School Walls"
It all began with Andrew Wilson, a prominent local merchant whose strong faith in the Church of Ireland guided his philanthropic vision. As he passed away in March 1725, he left behind a legacy that would forever shape the destiny of the region. In his final will and testament, crafted a year prior to his passing, Andrew bequeathed his lands to distant relations, Whitney and William Wilson. With debts settled and funeral expenses covered, the remaining funds were entrusted to the Church of Ireland Archbishops and bishops. Their mission? To establish a haven for elderly men and a place of learning for young Protestant boys.
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"Tales of Tullynally Castle: A Journey Through Time"
Tullynally Castle, also known as Pakenham Hall. Nestled near the enchanting Hill of the Swan and the legendary Lough Derravaragh, this castle's story weaves through centuries of change and innovation.
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Are we going for a few scoops?
"Sean's Bar - Unveiling the Secrets of Ireland's Oldest Pub"
Step into the enigmatic world of Sean's Bar, a seemingly unassuming little pub in the heart of Athlone, Ireland. At first glance, it may appear like any other cozy watering hole, but behind its unpretentious exterior lies a history so ancient and captivating that it has earned its place in the Guinness Book of Records.
In this week's episode of Whispering Stones, we journey back over a thousand years to the year AD 900, where the story of Sean's Bar begins. Imagine a time when a ford named Áth Mor, "The Great Ford," spanned the mighty River Shannon. Here, a man named Luain Mac Luighdeach, also known as Luain son of Lewy, established an inn to guide travelers crossing the rapid waters. This inn, now known as Sean's Bar, was the genesis of a settlement that later evolved into the vibrant town of Athlone.
The mysteries of Sean's Bar run deep, with intriguing revelations from the National Museum of Ireland. Carbon-dated mud, wattle, and wood fragments suggest that a pub or tavern may have operated on this site for an astounding millennium. And brace yourself for a surprise - during a renovation in the 1970s, an ancient back wall made of wattle and wicker dating back to the 9th century was uncovered!
Within the walls of this venerable establishment, artifacts like tavern tokens shed light on the lives of the settlement's inhabitants from a bygone era. These tokens were once minted by landlords and bartered with customers, akin to early loyalty rewards. One can only imagine the tales these tokens could tell!
As we delve deeper into Sean's Bar's history, we learn that the town of Athlone was built upon the Ford of Great Antiquity, a strategic crossing point on the Shannon. King Turlough O’Connor further fortified the settlement in 1129 with the construction of a wooden castle.
And here's the crux - in 2004, the Guinness Book of Records bestowed upon Sean's Bar the esteemed title of the "Oldest Pub in Ireland." The proprietors proudly claimed to have a recorded lineage of previous owners stretching back centuries, all the way to the time of Luan, the namesake of the town Athlone.
Yet, the intrigue continues as researchers embark on a quest to unearth the oldest pub in the world. As of now, Sean's Bar stands tall, with its illustrious title, waiting for any challenger to come forth and claim the crown.
So, fellow history enthusiasts, join us on this enthralling adventure as we uncover the hidden stories and ancient secrets of Sean's Bar. From its humble beginnings as Luain's inn to its Guinness-certified title, this beloved pub carries a legacy that transcends time.
Tune in to this week's Whispering Stones, and let the stones whisper the tales of Sean's Bar - where history comes to life, and every pint is a toast to the ages.
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Moydrum Castle: Unraveling the Enigmatic Ruins and their Timeless Secrets
To the East of Athlone lies the remnants of Moydrum Castle, nestled on private property, which means I can admire it from a safe and lawful distance without trespassing. Sadly, the castle was devastated by a fire in 1921, and the passage of time, along with the forces of nature, has brought about significant changes.
What was once a grand, winding driveway leading to the castle now hosts several private dwellings, and the relentless grasp of Mother Nature has engulfed the remains of the once magnificent structure.
Discover the enchanting allure of Moydrum Castle brought to life on canvas! Click here to explore my exclusive artwork, a captivating reimagining of this historic masterpiece.
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"Unearthing Secrets: The Mysterious Tales of Multyfarnham Friary"
Multyfarnham Friary, a Franciscan Friary located in the village of Multyfarnham, County Westmeath, holds a history spanning over 700 years. The Franciscan friars first arrived in the area in 1238, responding to the bequest of Norman Families. Built in the 15th century by William Delamer, a local Norman Patron, the Friary and Church stand as a dedication to Mary, Mother of God, and Saint Francis of Assisi. Despite surviving numerous tumultuous events throughout history, the Friary has been a steadfast spiritual refuge for generations. Discover my authentic artwork depicting Multyfarnham Friary, proudly showcased in my highly anticipated exhibition, "Stone Tape II - The Westmeath Tale," arriving in Athlone this September. Join us for the grand opening on the 7th, and I look forward to meeting you there.
Lost in time - now reimagined
Today we embark on a journey to explore the faded glory of Waterston Park House, a once-magnificent residence nestled in Glasson, County Westmeath, Ireland.
Through meticulous research and old photographs, I have reimagined the splendor of Waterston Park House. You can explore these reconstructions here https://bernicecookeartist.com/products/waterston-house-glasson-county-westmeath-original-painting
If you wish to get in touch with me or have any inquiries regarding a building portrait commission, feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I wonder About the Wonders of Fore
Fore Abbey, is a featured painting in my upcoming exhibition.
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Alternatively if you would prefer to view it in person, drop in to my next exhibition. located in the County Buildings in Athlone, Co. Westmeath. September 2023.
Did you hear about the Seven Wonders of Fore?
Charge into Battle
The Battle of Aughrim a little village in East Galway with a massive history attached to it.
America has its Gettysburg we have the battle of Aughrim. One of Ireland's most bloodiest battles.
Who will succeed to the English Throne.
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My new collection is now complete and ready for my upcoming exhibition in June. If you would like a fancy invite please do drop me an email with your name and address and I will pop one in the post for you email@example.com
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Episode Eight Row Row Row your boat!
As the weather was so beautiful on Saturday, I downed paintbrush and paints for a few hours and we headed to the banks of the River Shannon. The youngest and the dog, water bottles, sunscreen and some treats we were ready for our adventure.
Our destination was Meelick, instead of walking the weir we decided to hike up the back of Meelick Church on the banks of the River. The grass was very long so we were lucky that we were wearing long pants and boots - not a fan of ticks!
Ireland's oldest Church by 600 years Meelick has its legends.
My Flash Sale has also started over on my website https://bernicecookeartist.com/collections/original-pen-and-watercolor-paintings 25% off on all my original art works. Ending on May the 22nd in about a week from now. Free shipping in Ireland.
My upcoming exhibition takes place from June the 26th in the Atrium Mullingar. Official opening night with refreshments and light bites and of course chats with me, is Tuesday the 27th. If you would like a nice sparkling invite please do pop me an email with your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Episode Seven Echoing Chants
It enjoyed a lifetime of good grace due to the patronage of the O'Kelly clann who were Lords of the Ancient territory Uí Maine.
Although now in ruin, the beautiful tracery above the wall tombs and the carvings are worth a look.
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Episode Six Woodlawn Estate
Woodlawn Estate encompassing the train station, golden mile walk and many protected structures is located 12 miles North of Ballinasloe.
You will find so much information here on times gone by https://woodlawn.galwaycommunityheritage.org/
A website full of interesting facts, stories, photos and history of a once bustling townland and large Landed Estate.
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Episode Five King of the Castle
It has weathered the years very well, and is a protected structure by the State, although there is no public access to this castle, if you ask permission from the local farmer whose land it sits on I am sure he will let you cross the demesne.
Episode Four Lawrencetown Village
A beautiful village located in East Galway.
Full of interesting and spectacular structures.
Look out for the follies, and Volunteer Arch and of course the wonderful heritage app created by the community in Lawrencetown.
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Episode Three The Historical Town of Eyrecourt
This week I took a spin over to Eyrecourt in County Galway. Once a bustling town of Industry now a quiet detail of its past.
Developed into a market town by the Eyre Family who were given confiscated land during Cromwell's Reign.
A patent from the Crown meant the Colonel John Eyre could erect a Castle on the Estate comprising of 30,000 acres.
The following links will show you what the Castle looked like and of course the beautiful Stairs.
Now it stands a crumbling ruin with the Staircase in crates in the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Episode Two Clontuskert Augustinian Friary
Join me as we head to a location not too far from my doorstep.
Clontuskert Augustinian Friary.
Located of the beaten tourist path, on the road from Portumna to Ballinasloe in a place called Abbey park four miles south of Ballinasloe.
Well worth a visit for the beautiful carvings over the Doorway, the cloisters and the height of the gables, we can only imagine what it would have been like to have lived here.
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The Beauty of Clonfert Cathedral
Clonfert Cathedral is located on the banks of the River Shannon, 9km from the town of Banagher in County Offaly.
It is of the tourist beaten track but well worth a visit.
Do allow yourself time, pack a picnic and dress for the Irish Weather.
Remember it is a place of worship and the graveyard although historic is still in use.
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