Castles and Abbeys: Medieval Ireland in Photos

Here is a selection of some of the fantastic images that have been entered into our Photography Competition, this time with an emphasis on Medieval sites. Don’t forget there are also blog posts on the Prehistoric and Early Medieval photos. All of the images used in this blog post are copyright of the respective photographers, please respect this.

castle island, lough Key

Lough Key Castle, Boyle, Co. Roscommon’. Photo by Krzysztof Czyz

Bective Abbey

‘Bective Abbey, Co. Meath’. Photo by Mary Hartfelder of Irish Eye.

Charleville Castle

‘Past, Present & Future, Charleville Castle, Co. Offaly’. Photo by Tracey Donnelly

Roscommon castle (3)

‘The Jealous Wall’. Photo by Mary Hartfelder of Irish Eye.

Rockfleet Castle, Achill IslandRockfleet Castle, Achill Island, Mayo’. Photo by Katharine Range

fore abbey, Westmeath

‘Fore Abbey, Co. Westmeath’. Photo by Kelli Ann Malone

High medieval crucifix, Ross Errilly Friary, Galway

‘High medieval crucifix, Ross Errilly Friary, Co. Galway’. Photo by David P. Powell

Granny Castle, Waterford

‘Grannagh Castle, Co. Kilkenny. It is located on the northern bank of the river Suir just outside Waterford City. Believed to have been built by le Poers who had been granted the whole of Waterford and southern portion of Kilkenny after the Norman invasion in 1169. But after they lost favour with Edward III, the King granted it to James Butler, the 2nd Earl of Ormonde in 1375’. Photo and text by Krzysztof Czasnojć  

Ardfert cathedral, Kerry

‘Ardfert Cathedral Co. Kerry through a Romanesque doorway’. Photo by Sean Marshall

Ballycarberry Castle

‘Ballycarberry Castle, County Kerry’. Photo by Rowan Lewgalon

dunamase, Laois

‘Rock of Dunamase in Laois’. Photo by Rob Hurson


‘The ruins of Carrickabraghy Castle on the Isle of Doagh, Inishowne, Co. Donegal. It is currently being preserved by the Carrickabraghy Restoration Society’. Photo by Adam Rory Porter

Roscommon castle (2)

‘Interior shot of Roscommon Castle, Sept 2012’. Photo by James Maher

Dungauire Castle, Ireland

‘Dunguaire Castle, Co. Galway’. Photo by Chris Cimino

Askeaton castle

‘Askeaton castle, Co. Limerick’. Photo by April Fitzpatrick 

Carrickkildavnet tower house castle

‘Carrickkildavnet tower house overlooking Achill Sound, which runs between Achill Island and Corraun Peninsula, Co Mayo. It was built in the 14th century but is known locally as Grace O’Malley or Granuaile’s Castle, after the pirate queen who lived in the area in the 15th century’. Photo and text by Sharon Greene

Carrigafoyle Castle, Co. Kerry

 ‘Carrigafoyle Castle Co. Kerry, ancient seat of the O’Connor clan’. Photo by Donna Dechen Birdwell

Ross Errily Abbey

‘Ross Errily, Co. Galway. Centre tombs surrounded with arches, lit by midday sun’. Photo by Karen J. Newhouse


Kilfenora Church, Co. Clare. Photo by Brian Engler

belfry Castledermot

‘The belfry is all that remains of the Priory and Hospital of St John the Baptist which was established as a leper hospital on the north side of medieval Castledermot (Co. Kildare) by Walter de Riddlesford and his wife in 1210. It is known locally as the Pigeon Tower and while it is located in a private garden is easily viewed from the main road’. Photo and text by Sharon Greene

Annaghdown, Co. Galway

12th century window tracery, Annaghdown, Co. Galway’. Photo by Karen J. Newhouse

Rock of Dunamase, Dara Wyer

‘Rock of Dunamase, Co. Laois’. Photo by Dara Wyer

Medieval Boyle

‘Fisherman’s Dream’, medieval fishing house/weir, Cong, Co. Mayo. Photo by Jessica Belton

mcdermot castle

‘McDermott Castle, Castle Island, Lough Key, Co. Roscommon’. Photo by Greg Clarke


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