10,000 years of history; The Irish National Heritage Park in photos


The photographs below illustrate the fine collection of buildings found at the Irish National Heritage Park in Wexford, where I’ve just spent a very enjoyable day. This excellent tourist attraction in the sometimes sunny southeast has a large number of reconstructed archaeological sites. These range in date from the Mesolithic, when the first people settled in Ireland, right up until the medieval period and the arrival of the Anglo-Normans. The Park has been undergoing a major face lift for the last year or so and this is really starting to bear fruit now. There are some excellent new exhibits and structures on display and when I visited today re-enactors from Mogh Roith Living History GroupDublin Living History SocietyGael agus Gall and  Montague Heritage Services were on hand to provide extra information on early medieval life and trade. If you are ever in the southeast region the Heritage Park comes highly recommended.


The Mesolithic campsite

 The large Neolithic house


Interior of the Neolithic house

 The smaller Neolithic house

The ringfort

The ringfort interior

Inside one of the ringfort round houses

The ringfort tower

 The resident pigs

The Early Christain monastery

The church

The painted high cross

The monastic garden

The early medieval horizontal mill

Inside the mill

The corn-drying kiln

The crannog


Wooden bowls on display


15 Responses to 10,000 years of history; The Irish National Heritage Park in photos

  1. ivicca pannow June 24, 2012 at 2:24 pm #


  2. Séamus ÓBraonáin June 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    All that history and glory and nobody in Ireland, today, remembers. A sad and tragic end for a great civilisation.

    • jim byrne June 26, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

      Bit of a sweeping statement there Seamus ,There are many people who respect and are aware of our cultural background and achievements.

  3. Mary Cullinane June 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    Really Wonderful. Congratulations!

  4. Shirley Fagan Roggen June 24, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    Fabulous–and fascinating.

  5. Maureen Ahearn June 24, 2012 at 11:14 pm #


  6. David O'Brien June 26, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    Nice pics, Colm, thank you.

    Reading the text on the ‘Celtic-Early Christian’ section of the heritage park site, it seems out of date on many fronts. Does anybody believe any more that a fulacht fiadh was for boiling meat? Or that stone churches were built (outside Kerry)that early? Or that Celts migrated from central Europe?

    The buildings are terrific, and I wouldn’t be too critical of the guesswork involved, and yes it’s for a lay-audience, but the text could be updated easily.

    I’m not an historian btw.

    Thanks again for the blog. Great work. 🙂

  7. violeta July 26, 2012 at 7:19 am #

    very nice:)

  8. Shauna Feely July 30, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    It’s quite lovely and interesting!

  9. Ricardo Souto Morano August 9, 2012 at 10:55 pm #

    Que maneira de traballar a palla, é unha pasada. Eu ainda non sei facer unha palloza malfeita.

  10. Roland Fox November 12, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    Very cumfy!

  11. Claiton October 28, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    I am planing to go there soon, I cannot wait

  12. bju June 12, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    There’s a similar park near Omagh.


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