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Saint Brigid of Kildare

Saint Brigid of Kildare

In Ireland, St Brigit became known as "Muire na nGael" (Mary of the Irish), as venerable as the Blessed Virgin, mother of Christ, and second only to St Patrick in the hierarchy of patron saints. However, her story is infinitely more complex, embracing the deities of...
Waterways Through Time

Waterways Through Time

The text version of Turtle's collaboration with Waterways Ireland in which he explores Ireland’s natural rivers and lakes, as well as the man-made canals that criss-cross the island. This starts with the geology and archaeological legacy of Ireland's waterways and...
Ancient Kildare & the Kings of Leinster

Ancient Kildare & the Kings of Leinster

According to legend, the mighty bluestones used to form the stone circle of Stonehenge in England were spirited across the Irish Sea from Kildare by no less a soul than Merlin the magician. Far-fetched, assuredly, and yet there is something so extraordinarily...
Around Lisnavagh: Neolithic to the Bronze Age

Around Lisnavagh: Neolithic to the Bronze Age

As of January 2022, I have an inventory of (extant or vanished) 3 ring forts, 1 square fort, 1 standing stone, 1 dolmen, 1 monastery, 1 castle, 1 Bronze Age settlement, all located in a small stretch of land running from the summit of Knocknagan to the Haroldstown...
Of Rings, Raths & the Kings of Leinster: Around the Lisnavagh Estate

Of Rings, Raths & the Kings of Leinster: Around the Lisnavagh Estate

In the distant past, the raths around Lisnavagh were part of the power base of the Uí Ceinnselaig (Kinsellagh). This section considers the links to Rathmore, Rathvilly, the Oldfort ringfort and the Slíghe Chualann, as well as two kings of Leinster, Crimthann mac Énnai...