|Opw - Boyle Abbey |
An impressive and well preserved Cistercian Monastery which was founded in the 12th century under the patronage of the local ruling family, the MacDermotts. Though mutilated during the 17th and 18th centuries when it was used to accommodate a military garrison, Boyle Abbey nevertheless retains its ability to impress the visitor as one of the most formidable of the early Cistercian foundations in Ireland. A restored gatehouse of 16th/17th century houses an exhibition.
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Boyle, Co Roscommon ( 079 62604 )
|Opw - Portumna Castle And Gardens |
The great semi-fortified house at Portumna was built before 1618 by Richard Burke or de Burgo, 4th Earl of Clanricarde. It was the main seat of the de Burgo family for over 200 years, until it was gutted by fire in 1826. The ground floor of the house is now open to the public. To the north of the house are formal, geometrically laid out gardens. Exhibitions in the castle and Gate House. Portumna Castle is surrounded by the towns' local attractions - Lough Derg and the Forest Park.
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Portumana, Go Glaway Galway ( 090 9741658 )
|Opw - Pearse's Cottage |
A small restored cottage overlooking the breathtaking lakes and mountains of Connemara, used by Patrick Pearse (1879-1916) leader of the 1916 Rising, as a summer residence and summer school for his pupils from St Endas, in Dublin. The interior, although burned during the War of Independence, has been reconstructed and contains an exhibition. Leaflet/Guide book: English and Irish
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Inbhear Ros Muc, Co. Galway ( 091 574292 )
|Westport House |
Westport House has been welcoming school tours with its unique blend of education and fun for many, many years. In fact, many teachers will remember coming here on their own school tours! With a rich history including Grace O’Malley, 16th Century Pirate Queen, the beautiful 18th century historic house, the award-winning outdoor Pirate Adventure Park that is ideal for children under 12, Westport House has fantastic appeal to children. If you are looking for a blend of fun, creativity, activity and education in a stunning setting, look no further! Contact Westport House to arrange your school tour.
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Newport Road, Westport, Mayo ( 098 27766 )
|Opw - Athenry Castle Athenry, Galway (091 844797)|
|Opw - Aughnanure Castle Oughterard, Galway (091 552214)|
|Opw - Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery Carrowmore, Co Sligo (071 9161534)|
|Opw - Ceide Fields Ballycastle, Co Mayo (096 43325)|
|Opw - Dun Aonghasa Kilmurvey, Inishmore Aran Island, Galway (099 61008)|