Peel back layers of history, discover a story that unfolds in the vast green landscapes
Encompassing 17 counties and 5,000 years of history, Ireland’s Ancient East features three unique areas.
In the Land of 5,000 Dawns, you'll find the whimsical woodland trails of Belvedere House and the exceptional passage tomb of Newgrange, built way back in 3200 BC.
The Historic Heartlands is much more than cozy National Heritage Towns and sleepy mirrored lakes. This is where saints converted kings at the Rock of Cashel, Kilkenny Castle changed hands for a song and Iron Age victims were surrendered to Lough Boora Bog.
Tales continue on the Celtic Coast, where Vikings looted holy treasures from the monastic city of Glendalough and the light of Europe's oldest lighthouse sweeps across Ireland's story-strewn maritime history.
Castletown House (above), the first and largest Palladian manor in Ireland, is Renaissance-inspired abode to behold. Set on an estate boasting pretty river walks and open parkland, the house itself is flanked by two extravagant wings.
William Conolly was his name and dubious deals during the Williamite War in Ireland (1688-1691) had earned him a colossal fortune. When he died, Conolly was one of the richest men on the island and owned a staggering 100,000 acres of land. That’s equivalent to 75,625 football fields. At the heart of this acreage? Castletown House.
Kilkenny Castle is a 12th century castle, remodelled in Victorian times and set in riverside parklands, which was once the principal seat of the Butler family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde. It is located in the heart of Kilkenny City.
Butler handed over the castle to the people of Kilkenny for a mere £50. The recipients responded by turning the Norman castle into a cultural hub, hosting classical music recitals, exhibitions and showcasing the impressive ornamental gardens.
Hook Lighthouse, the worlds oldest lighthouse in County Wexford
Waterford is Ireland's Oldest City
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