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Dunsevrick Castle – Remains of a Kingdom

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Dunsevrick Castle Antrim

There is not much left of Dunseverick Castle, the last fort on this location for perhaps over three thousand years. Though the historical records are sketchy, this was also a power centre for the Dal Riata kingdom which used its maritime skills parts of the north off Ireland and the west of Scotland

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The low-profile straits – The Sea of Moyle

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Sea of Moyle

There is a Sea, next to Ireland that I never heard of –  What a surprise! I had always presumed that only one label existed – the North Channel – but the Straits of Moyle (Sruth na Maoile in Irish and Scottish Gaelic) or Sea of Moyle sits in the North Channel between northeastern County Antrim…

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Rathlin Island East Lighthouse and Robert the Bruce

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Rathlin Island East Lighthouse

The name of George Halpin seems to pop up everywhere in Ireland. And Rathlin Island did not evade his engineering pencil; he designed the lighthouse on the east end of Rathlin. Opened in 1856, it was unique by having two lights in order to improve its visibility in foggy conditions.

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Ossian’s Grave, Cushendall – Reclaiming heroes

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Ossian's Grave - megalithic court cairn - Cushendall

The excellent voicesfromthedawn.com blog offers an interesting insight into a literary sensation of the 1760’s.  James Macpherson claimed that a series of books including “Fingal, a Poem in Six Books” were merely a translation of a third century poet called Ossian. But he was less forthcoming when asked to present these ancient manuscripts. 

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Audleystown Cairn

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Audleystown Cairn

Audleystown Court Cairn is a dual court grave situated near the south shore of Strangford Lough, north-west of Castle Ward, 1.75 miles from Strangford village in County Down. It contained human and animal remains, as well as pottery and flint implements.

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