The Midlands of Ireland


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A beautiful section of the Grand Canal at Miltown, County Kildare, Rep of Ireland. The Grand Canal is one of two canals that connect Dublin with the River Shannon in the west of Ireland. It's towpaths are walkable all year round, and it's also possible to take a boating holiday here.
A beautiful section of the Grand Canal at Miltown, County Kildare, Rep of Ireland. The Grand Canal is one of two canals that connect Dublin with the River Shannon in the west of Ireland. It's towpaths are walkable all year round, and it's also possible to take a boating holiday here.

Code: Miltown-8899

The Grand Canal in Spring just outside Daingean, County Offaly. The Grand Canal is one of two canals that connect Dublin with the River Shannon in the west of Ireland. It's towpaths are walkable all year round, and it's also possible to take a boating holiday here.
The Grand Canal in Spring just outside Daingean, County Offaly. The Grand Canal is one of two canals that connect Dublin with the River Shannon in the west of Ireland. It's towpaths are walkable all year round, and it's also possible to take a boating holiday here.

Code: grand-canal-8981

View across beautiful Spring green fields to the Slieve Bloom Mountains in County Laois. Seen from Cadamstown, between Kinnity and Tullamore, County Offaly, Republic of Ireland.
View across beautiful Spring green fields to the Slieve Bloom Mountains in County Laois. Seen from Cadamstown, between Kinnity and Tullamore, County Offaly, Republic of Ireland.

Code: slieve-bloom-9261


Celtic Cross and Monastic site at Ralehin Cemetery (Rathlinen Cemetery) Mountbolus, County Offaly, Ireland. Founded by Saint Illand in AD540, this was one of the greatest monastic schools in the Irish Midlands.

Code: rathlinen-9646
The stone of the Divisions (AKA the Cat Stone) on the Hill of Uisneach in County Meath is is possibly the most signifcant ancient monument in the whole country. Firstly, legend say that this is the burial place of Queen Eriu, Queen of the Tuatha de Danann (A powerful, magical race that inhabited Ireland before the Celts). She was defeated and mortally wounded in a battle with the Celtic King, Amergen granted her a dying wish. He promised her that the island would bear her name forever – The Gaelic name Eriú was later changed by the Vikings into “Eriú’s Land”, or Ireland. This 30-ton stone looks more like a giant bolder that has been cracked into several pieces. The splits are believed to represent the ancient divisions of Ireland. A book called Beneath the Shadow of Uisneach, says that it was from here that the five ancient provinces of Ireland met, symbolising this as the centre of Ireland. The stone’s Irish name depicts this: Ail na Mireann (“Stone of the Divisions”). The division were first made by the Fir Bolg. It is on this hill that the first fire was lit for the ancient festival of Bealtaine. It was said that a fire lit at the summit here could be seen all over Ireland, and that all fires were lit from this one. This hill was also the gathering place of the kings of Ireland.
The stone of the Divisions (AKA the Cat Stone) on the Hill of Uisneach in County Meath is is possibly the most signifcant ancient monument in the whole country. Firstly, legend say that this is the burial place of Queen Eriu, Queen of the Tuatha de Danann (A powerful, magical race that inhabited Ireland before the Celts). She was defeated and mortally wounded in a battle with the Celtic King, Amergen granted her a dying wish. He promised her that the island would bear her name forever – The Gaelic name Eriú was later changed by the Vikings into “Eriú’s Land”, or Ireland. This 30-ton stone looks more like a giant bolder that has been cracked into several pieces. The splits are believed to represent the ancient divisions of Ireland. A book called Beneath the Shadow of Uisneach, says that it was from here that the five ancient provinces of Ireland met, symbolising this as the centre of Ireland. The stone’s Irish name depicts this: Ail na Mireann (“Stone of the Divisions”). The division were first made by the Fir Bolg. It is on this hill that the first fire was lit for the ancient festival of Bealtaine. It was said that a fire lit at the summit here could be seen all over Ireland, and that all fires were lit from this one. This hill was also the gathering place of the kings of Ireland.

Code: uisneach-8506


The source of the magical River Boyne
A floodplain near Trinity Well, in the grounds of Newberry House, near the village of Carbury, County Kildare, Ireland. Trinity Well, known in ancient Irish legend as the Well of Sergais, is the source of the magical River Boyne.

Code: carbury-8006


Cowshed with red doors near Carbury, County Kildare

Code: carbury-8027


Fairy tree in the village of Carbury, County Kildare, Ireland. In Irish folkore, a lone hawthorn tree is generally believed to be a portal to the Tir na Nog (land of eternal youth) and home to the fairy folk. When the Celts (Gaels, or Milesians) conquered Ireland, the defeated the ruling tribe, the Tuatha de Danann, who then retreated into the otherworld, a spritual realm and became the rulers of the spirtual world, while the Celts became rulers of the physical world.

Code: carbury-7952


Carbury Castle on Fairy Hill, County Kildare
The ruins of Carbury Castle standing on a motte, near the modern day village of Carbury, County Kildare, Ireland. This is the ruin of the 17th century tudor mansion of the Colley family built on a motte from the middle ages.

Code carbury-8041

Beautiful landscape around the village of Carbury, County Kildare, Ireland.

Code: carbury-8030
The Grand Canal in Spring just outside Daingean, County Offaly. The Grand Canal is one of two canals that connect Dublin with the River Shannon in the west of Ireland. It's towpaths are walkable all year round, and it's also possible to take a boating holiday here. Code: grand-canal-8981
The Grand Canal in Spring just outside Daingean, County Offaly. The Grand Canal is one of two canals that connect Dublin with the River Shannon in the west of Ireland. It's towpaths are walkable all year round, and it's also possible to take a boating holiday here.

Code: grand-canal-8981

The Grand Canal in Spring just outside Daingean, County Offaly.The Grand Canal in Spring just outside Daingean, County Offaly.

Code: grand-canal-8185

View across fields to Croghan Hill, an extinct volcano located ten miles northeast of Tullamore. At 234 m high it rises from the Bog of Allen and although relatively small in altitude, it still boasts great views across the plains of the Irish Midlands. County Offaly, Rep of Ireland. The hill has strong associations with the Christian Saint Brigid, who is said to have been born near here.
View across fields to Croghan Hill, an extinct volcano located ten miles northeast of Tullamore. At 234 m high it rises from the Bog of Allen and although relatively small in altitude, it still boasts great views across the plains of the Irish Midlands. County Offaly, Rep of Ireland. The hill has strong associations with the Christian Saint Brigid, who is said to have been born near here.

Code: croghan-8245

Ladywell, dedicated to Saint Brigid, is located in the townland of Rathlion beside the Mountbolus to Ballyboy road in County Offaly, Ireland. Set amid lovely green fields, legend says that this well was formally located on an opposite hill, but after being profaned there by unbelievers, the well sprang up in its present position. Saint Brigid is the Christianization of the Celtic Deity, Brigid: the Goddess of Fire.
Ladywell, dedicated to Saint Brigid, is located in the townland of Rathlion beside the Mountbolus to Ballyboy road in County Offaly, Ireland. Set amid lovely green fields, legend says that this well was formally located on an opposite hill, but after being profaned there by unbelievers, the well sprang up in its present position. Saint Brigid is the Christianization of the Celtic Deity, Brigid: the Goddess of Fire.

Code: ladywell-9723

Ladywell, dedicated to Saint Brigid, is located in the townland of Rathlion beside the Mountbolus to Ballyboy road in County Offaly, Ireland. Set amid lovely green fields, legend says that this well was formally located on an opposite hill, but after being profaned there by unbelievers, the well sprang up in its present position. Saint Brigid is the Christianization of the Celtic Deity, Brigid: the Goddess of Fire.
Ladywell, dedicated to Saint Brigid, is located in the townland of Rathlion beside the Mountbolus to Ballyboy road in County Offaly, Ireland. Set amid lovely green fields, legend says that this well was formally located on an opposite hill, but after being profaned there by unbelievers, the well sprang up in its present position. Saint Brigid is the Christianization of the Celtic Deity, Brigid: the Goddess of Fire.

Code: ladywell-9722

Celtic Cross and Monastic site at Ralehin Cemetery (Rathlinen Cemetery) Mountbolus, County Offaly, Ireland. Founded by Saint Illand in AD540, this was one of the greatest monastic schools in the Irish Midlands.
Celtic Cross and Monastic site at Ralehin Cemetery (Rathlinen Cemetery) Mountbolus, County Offaly, Ireland. Founded by Saint Illand in AD540, this was one of the greatest monastic schools in the Irish Midlands.

Code: rathlinen-9672

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