Ireland's Ancient East
Book

Learn the stories of a place and you'll come to understand the soul of its people. From ancient high kings to modern day poets, saints and scholars to ramblers and fishermen, Ireland's Ancient East pulsates with legendary tales. With the maps as your guide and the itineraries as your inspiration, you're about to prepare for a real life journey through this mystical place.

 

Fadó Fadó. Long long ago.

That’s how all the best stories start around here. And this part of Ireland – as you’ll soon discover – is full of stories. On windswept hills, in small green fields, or simply at a bend in the road – stories are never far away. They’re written on the land. And echo in the voices of the locals.

Fadó Fadó. One thousand years before the pyramids, people here built the tallest building in the world, and aligned it with the sun’s rays.

Fifteen hundred years ago, Europe’s pilgrims crossed mountains, heath and bog to Ireland’s first University. The legendary High Kings made human sacrifices to the gods of nature, then knelt before the cross, and fought the Vikings. Invasions and rebellions. Alliances and betrayals. Welcome and unwelcome arrivals. Life-changing departures. The twists and turns of Ireland’s tumultuous history have been played out in these lovely settings. You can feel the layers of history here – so often there’s the strongest sense of standing on the very spot.

And it’s the people you meet – showing you around, serving you a drink or simply passing the time of day – who hold the key. Connecting past with present. And bringing it all vividly to life.

Just ask them to tell you a story, and let it begin fadó fadó …

 

 

Brave a Battlefield

Stand tall in one of Ireland's historic battlegrounds. Throughout the dramatic locations of Ireland’s Ancient East, the battlegrounds of bygone days lie silent—where once absolute power was won and lost, where short-lived alliances were formed and betrayals unearthed, heroes live on in legend.

 

 

Brú na Bóinne

As you wait in the darkness of Newgrange passage tomb, on the very spot where people stood some 5,000 years ago, the first rays of the winter solstice sun creep in to illuminate the burial chamber. A feeling of exhilaration leaps the millennia.

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