The Earth moved at Killashee

The large scale movement of earth in recent years, ahead of planned development work, at the ancient ecclesiastical site at Killashee near Naas, Co Kildare, has had the not- unexpected affect of uncovering some interesting archaeological features.  Apart from the discovery of some bones at the commencement of ground clearance, the most intriguing outcome has …

Dun Ailinne, Gathering place for the Leinster Kings?

by Brian Byrne. While Old Kilcullen is generally regarded as the settlement from which the modern town of Kilcullen sprung, there’s another hill just across from that monastic centre which predates it by a long shot. Excavations and other investigations of Dun Ailinne (the Beautiful Fort) have established that it was the scene of major …

Manor Mills Maynooth

[singlepic id=173 w=320 h=240 float=right]Maynooth or Maigh Nuad (the plain of Nuada) is named after a mythological figure in Irish history. The medieval village was developed in the eighteenth century as an estate village by the FitzGeralds who became earls of Kildare and dukes of Leinster. The first FitzGerald, Maurice, was an Anglo-Norman knight who …

The Marquises & Monasterevin

[singlepic id=39 w=320 h=240 float=right]Monasterevin by the banks of the river Barrow is a town of unique heritage and history. Since St. Evin’s monastry flourished there in the 800’s many great names have been associated with the south Kildare town such as Sir Robert Devereaux the Earl of Essex, Cahir na gCappal, Count John McCormack, …