At this time of the year, our minds turn towards the forthcoming Easter period and its significance to all Christians.
Many people are familiar with Celtic jewelry but know little or nothing about the Celts themselves or the areas from which they originated.
Wales is sometimes said to be the “castle capital of the world”. Wales had about 400 castles, of which over 100 are still standing, either as ruins or as restored buildings.
Some 400 years ago in a fishing village called Claddagh overlooking Galway Bay, close to the city of the Tribes, lived Richard Joyce, a Master Goldsmith.
There are many tales of ghosts that roam the dark brooding fortress of Dunluce Castle (Irish Gaelic – Dún Libhse).
Killahara Castle, set among the hills of Tipperary, is a recently restored tower house, offering the best in Celtic castle design and tranquility within its ancient walls.
The history of Thirlestane Castle dates back to at least the 13th century, when a large Border fort was built on the site to defend the approach to Edinburgh from the south.
Earliest records indicate that in 1155 in the reign of King Malcolm IV, Malleville Castle was an estate in the ownership of an Anglo-Norman Baron called Galfrid de Malleville, who was Sheriff of Edinburgh and Governor of Edinburgh Castle.
Dalhousie Castle is steeped in Celtic Castle history and there are fascinating reminders of its rich and often turbulent past.
Clontarf Castle became a significant location in Celtic castle history and in Irish History, more than a century before the castle was built.