Ballyhacket, County Carlow & the Ridelesford Connection

Ballyhacket, County Carlow & the Ridelesford Connection

 Looking at the townlands connections to Sir Walter de Ridelesford (or Riddlesford), Lord of Bray, as well as the Knights Templar, the Fratres Cruciferi of Castledermot and the displacement of the Mac Gormáin or O’Gorman family. Complete access to all articles on this...
Castlemore, County Carlow – A Vanished Town, a Solitary Motte

Castlemore, County Carlow – A Vanished Town, a Solitary Motte

One of the most influential early Cambro-Normans was Raymond Le Gros, a nephew of Maurice FitzGerald, who was hailed as the Achilles of the Anglo-Norman army. Raymond married Basilia de Clare, sister of Richard de Clare, Earl of Pembroke, later known as Strongbow....
Clonmore Castle, County Carlow

Clonmore Castle, County Carlow

A potted history of a fabulous ruin in north-east County Carlow. Complete access to all articles on this website for €12 / year...

Trim Castle – Ireland’s Oldest Stone Castle

Trim Castle in Co. Meath which is not just the oldest stone castle in Ireland but also the largest of our Anglo-Norman castles. Here Turtle explores its links to such powerful dynasties as de Lacy, Mortimer, Wellesely and the House of York. Complete access to all...
Molana Abbey: From the Stone Age to Dissolution

Molana Abbey: From the Stone Age to Dissolution

Molana Abbey is located on the Blackwater outside Youghal, County Waterford. Its history is astonishing - the birthplace of Canon Law, the burial place of Raymond Le Gros and the home of Thomas Harriot, one of the first Europeans to visit the Americas. Complete access...