The High Crosses of Monasterboice

The first thing you spot from the distance is the round tower, roofless now but still rising to over 100ft above the surrounding farmland and announcing to the world that this was once a site of great importance. Monasterboice translates as Mainistir Bhuite – monastery of Buite. Saint Buite was an Irish monk and a […]

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Wonders of Belize – The Maya

Sandwiched between the more famous sites of Yukatan and Guatamala,  many archaeologists and cultural anthropologists now believe that Belize was actually the centre of the Maya civilization. Spanning about 4000 years,  this society flourished and evolved into a sophisticated network of city states,  each one with its own ruler and bound together through trade, religion […]

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Rock of Dunamase – Ruins with a Great View

What a great place to build a fortress.   Standing high on top of a limestone cliff,  this once imposing castle still dominates the landscape. There are a few gaps in its history but this was definitely the location of an early Christian settlement known as Dún Másc (meaning ‘the Fort of Masc ‘- Masc presumably […]

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