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Treasure Ireland

Some of the finest examples of late medieval Irish sculpture are found well off the beaten track, in Clontuskert, Co. Galway. If you look closely you’ll find all kinds of beasts: pelicans, mermaids, griffins, saints, angels, lions, and, of course, ...

The Claddagh in Galway City is an iconic neighbourhood, rich in history. For many centuries it was home to a large fishing community, whose story is intimately connected with that of the Dominican priory of St Mary on the Hill… ...

The medieval friaries that dot the island of Ireland were homes to communities of friars who depended entirely on donors to maintain their life and mission. In the vast majority of these cases, we know next to nothing about the ...

Did you know that the beautiful island of Inishbofin was once an open-air prison? Further learning: Áine Hensey, ‘To Barbados or Bofin: the fate of Irish Catholic priests imprisoned in the aftermath of the Cromwellian conquest, 1653 to 1662’, Proceedings ...

Of all the female religious communities in Ireland, the oldest is the community of Poor Clare nuns in Galway. They’ve been the beating heart of the Church in Galway for centuries, but they first arrived there as harassed refugees… Acknowledgments: ...

Ar an séú lá déag de mhí Iúil, bailíonn na sluaite ar Oileán Mhic Dara (nó gar dó!) chun Féile Mhic Dara a cheiliúradh. Ach cé hé an MacDara seo? On the sixteenth of July, crowds gather on MacDara’s Island ...