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 Group, Dublin Living History Society, Gael 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 interior
Inside one of the ringfort round houses
The ringfort tower
The resident pigs
The Early Christain monastery
The painted high cross
The monastic garden
The early medieval horizontal mill
Inside the mill
Wooden bowls on display
15 thoughts on “10,000 years of history; The Irish National Heritage Park in photos”
All that history and glory and nobody in Ireland, today, remembers. A sad and tragic end for a great civilisation.
Bit of a sweeping statement there Seamus ,There are many people who respect and are aware of our cultural background and achievements.
Really Wonderful. Congratulations!
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Reading the text on the ‘Celtic-Early Christian’ section of the heritage park site, it seems out of date on many fronts.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. 🙂
It’s quite lovely and interesting!
Que maneira de traballar a palla, é unha pasada. Eu ainda non sei facer unha palloza malfeita.
I am planing to go there soon, I cannot wait
There’s a similar park near Omagh.