Monday, 15 October 2012

Ireland's Past & its Ruins

My quest for learning more about Ireland, its history & it's rich culture, has me scouring the internet on a regular basis for reading material.

Over a year ago now, I stumble across a wonderful blog which I've been following ever  since.  I'd like to promote & share it with you.   The author goes by the name of 'Castlehunter' & his blog is worthy of reading if you are at all interested, as I am, in the history behind the hundreds of abandoned castles lying in ruins around Ireland.
Castlehunter's blog  is aptly titled "Ireland in Ruins" & is, in his own words, "A guide to the best and sometimes off the beaten track historical ruins around Ireland".  
Like Tarquin Blake, mentioned in my previous blog, who is recording the history of Ireland's 'Abandoned Mansions', here Castlehunter is photographing & documenting the history of Ireland's Ruined & Abandoned Castles. 

Over 100 Castles have so far been explored & photographed for the blog, along with well documented history & stories for each.

If you look closely on the 'Ireland in Ruins' blog site, you'll find a link to another of the author's blogs, 'titled "Ireland in History Day by Day".    This blog he says is "dedicated to establishing an online database of day by day entries of important events in Irish History..." which he is endeavouring to post "...on the historical date they actually happened".   And again, it is a blog chocked full of lessons for those of us, who know little about Ireland's rich & turbulent past.

Now I don't know the author of these blogs at all except, [because he's said so on his blog], that he is from Dublin & has a BA in History & Geography(Hons) and an MA in Modern Irish History(Hons) from the National University of Ireland in Maynooth, Co. Kildare.   It appears to me, he is well qualified to teach us a thing or two about Irish History.

So, head along & follow these blogs if you're as enthralled as I am with Ireland's Past & its Ruins. 


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