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Hook Head Lighthouse, Co. Wexford

Hook Head Lighthouse dates back over 800 years, making it one of the oldest lighthouses in the world. The original beacon was intended to help ships make their way safely to Waterford Harbour. A group of monks were the original lighthouse keepers who kept the warning fires light until 1641. During times of fog, a fog gun was fired, an essential service in the periods...

Tullymore Lighthouse, St. John’s Point, Donegal

Tullymore Lighthouse dates back to 1825 when the traders and merchants in Killybegs asked the Ballast Board for a navigation light on St. John’s Point to help ships navigate their way to safe harbour. After some delays, the approval was given in 1829 to start construction. George Halpin Sr. was tasked with the design and building of the lighthouse. He is...

Liam Emery’s Celtic Cross, Killea, Co. Donegal

The Mystery of the Cross on the Hill In 2016 passengers on an aircraft approaching City of Derry Airport noticed an unusal sight on the Donegal hillside as they approach to land. A 100m tall cross on the hill was visible in the fields near Killea, and nobody knew how they appeared. Was it a miracle? A few days later the mystery was solved. The giant Celtic cross was...

Jerpoint Abbey in the 1840s

ABBEY-JERPOINT, a parish, in the barony of Gowran, union and county of Kilkenny, and province of Leinster, 1 1/2 miles (W. S. W.) from Thomastown; containing 375 inhabitants. This place is situated on the river Nore, and derives its name from an abbey established here, in 1180, by Donogh 0’Donoghoe, King of Ossory, for monks of the Cistercian order, whom he removed...

A look at Castlebar in the 1840s

CASTLEBAR, a market and post town, a parish, the head of a union, and formerly a parliamentary borough, in the barony of Carra, county of Mayo, and province of Connaught, 44 miles (S. W.) from Sligo, and 125 1/4 (W. by N.) from Dublin ; containing 10,464 inhabitants, of whom 5137 are in the town. This place owes its rise and importance to Sir John Bingham, the...

A look at Enniskillen in the 1840s

ENNISKILLEN, a borough and market-town, a parish, and the head of a union, partly in the baronyof Magheraboy, but chiefly in that of Tyrkennedy, county of Fermanagh (of which it is the chief town), and province of Ulster, 21 1/2 miles (S. E.) from Ballyshannon, and 80 1/2 (N. N. W ) from Dublin; containing, in the whole parish, 14,678 inhabitants : the borough and...

A look at Clonmel in the 1840s

CLONMEL, a borough, market, and assize town, a parish, and the head of a union, partly in the barony of Upperthird, county of Waterford, but chiefly in that of Iffa and Offa East, county of Tipperary, andprovince of Minster, 23 miles (W. by N.) from Waterford, and 82 1/2 miles (S. W. by S.) from Dublin ; containing 17,720 inhabitants, of whom 13,505 are in the town...