Heritage sites (Republic of Ireland)

Heritage sites (Republic of Ireland)

The Office of Public Works (OPW), together with the National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government are responsible for the heritage sites of Ireland. They undertake protection and conservation of Ireland's heritage (specifically buildings and historic sites).

The following is a list of heritage sites in Ireland.


* Adare Castle - Adare County Limerick - A medieval fortified castle that was an important stronghold of the Earl of Desmond.
* Altamount Gardens - Tullow, County Carlow - Old world garden, Robinsonian in style.
* Ardfert Cathedral - Ardfert, County Kerry - 12th to 17th century Cathedral.
* Athenry Castle - Athenry, County Galway - 13th century, 3 storey tower house
* Aughnanure Castle - Oughterard, County Galway - 16th century tower house.
* Ballyhack Castle - Ballyhack, County Wexford - 15th century tower house built by the Knights Hospitallers of St. John
* Barryscourt Castle - Carrigtwohill, County Cork - 15th to 16th century Castle.
* Oldbridge Estate - site of Battle of the Boyne
* Boyle Abbey - Boyle, County Roscommon - 12th century Cistercian Monastery.
* Brú na Bóinne - Donore, County Meath Interpretation of the archaeological heritage of the Boyne valley, and the Newgrange and Knowth megalithic tombs.
* Cahir Castle - Cahir, County Tipperary - 13th - 19th century Castle.
* Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery - Carrowmore, County Sligo - Ireland's largest megalithic cemetery with over 60 tombs.
* Castletown, Celbridge, County Kildare - Irish country house built in 1772 in Palladian style.
* Ceide Fields - Ballycastle, County Mayo - A Stone Age landscape of stone-walled fields, dwellings and tombs for over 5000 years under blanket bog.
* Charles Fort - Kinsale, County Cork - 17th century star-shaped fort.
* Clonmacnoise - Shannonbridge, County Offaly - 6th century monastic site with a Cathedral, Round Towers, churches and three high crosses.
* Connemara National Park - Letterfrack, County Galway - 20 square kilometre park surrounding the Twelve Bens mountains.
* Coole Visitor Centre - Gort, County Galway, Nature reserve, former home of Lady Gregory, one of the founders of the Abbey Theatre
* Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre - Kenagh, County Longford - an Iron Age bog road, dating from 148BC.


* Derrynane House - Catherdaniel, County Kerry - Ancestral home of Daniel O'Connell.
* Desmond Castle - Kinsale, County Cork - a 16th century Custom house.
* Desmond Hall - Newcastlewest, County Limerick a 15th century Castle.
* Donegal Castle - Donegal, County Donegal - a 15th century Norman tower house with the addition of a 17th century Jacobean Manor House.
* Doneraile Park - Doneraile, County Cork - an 18th century landscaped park.
* Dromore Wood - Ennis, County Clare - Nature reserve.
* Dun Aonghasa - Inishmore, Aran Islands, County Galway - A prehistoric stone fort.
* Dungarvan Castle - Dungarvan, County Waterford , Castle with a 12th century shell keep, with curtain wall, corner tower and gate tower.
* Dunmore Caves - Ballyfoyle, County Kilkenny - limestone cave, site of Viking massacre in 928.
* Dwyer McAllister Cottage - Derrynamuck, County Wicklow - a traditional whitewashed cottage historically linked with the 1798 Rebellion.
* Emo Court - Emo, County Laois - a neo-classical house with extensive parklands
* Ennis Friary - Ennis, County Clare - 13th century Franciscan Friary.
* Ferns Castle - Ferns, County Wexford - 13th century castle featuring circular chapen, original fireplaces and a vaulted basement.
* Fota Gardens - Fota Island, Carrigtwohill, County Cork – 110,000 square metre park with ornamental pond and Italian walled gardens.
* Gallarus Castle - Ballydavid, County Kerry - a pre 1600 castle on the Dingle Peninsula built by the Knight of Kerry.
* Glebe House and Gallery - Churchill, Letterkenny, County Donegal - Regency House.
* Glendalough - Glendalough, County Wicklow - monastic site founded in 6th century, site has a Round Tower, stone churches and multiple stone crosses.
* Glenveagh National Park - Churchill, Letterkenny, County Donegal - 170 square kilometres of mountains, woodland and lakes.
* Heywood Gardens - Ballinakill, County Laois - Formal garden designed by Sir Edward Lutyens
* Hill of Tara - Navan, County Meath - Seat of the High Kings of Ireland, Pre-Christian center of political and religious power.
* Blasket Center - Dunchaoin, County Kerry - interpretation center for native language, culture and tradition of Blasket Islanders.
* Garnish Island - Bantry, County Cork - Island garden sheltered in Glengarriff harbour.
* Jerpoint Abbey - Thomastown, County Kilkenny - Cistercian monastery.
* JFK Arboretum - New Ross, County Wexford - 2.52 square kilometre arboretum dedicated to US President John F. Kennedy.
* Kilkenny Castle - Kilkenny, County Kilkenny - castle with extensive parklands.
* Killarney National Park - Killarney, County Kerry - 103 square kilometres of mountains, woodlands including the Lakes of Killarney.


* Muckross House - Killarney, County Kerry - Victorian House and Cardens located in Killarney National Park.
* Muckross Friary - Killarney, County Kerry - 15th century Francisican friary.
* Kilmacurrage Arboretum - Rathdrum, County Wicklow
* Listowel Castle - Listowel, County Kerry - 13th century Castle.
* Maynooth Castle - Maynooth, County Kildare - 13th century Castle.
* Newmills Corn and Flax Mills - Letterkenny, County Donegal - restored industrial buildings powered by watermill on the River Swilly.
* O'Dea Castle - County Clare - a 15th century castle with high cross and visitor's centre
* Old Mellifont Abbey - Tullyallen, Drogheda, County Louth - Ireland's first Cistercian abbey.
* Ormonde Castle - Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary - 1560s Elizabethan manor house
* Patrick Pearse's Cottage - County Galway
* Parke's Castle - County Leitrim
* Portumna Castle - Portumna, County Galway


* Rathfarnham Castle - Rathfarnham, County Dublin
* Reginald's Tower - Waterford, County Waterford
* Rock of Cashel - Cashel, County Tipperary - traditional seat of the Kings of Munster
* Roscrea Castle - Roscrea, County Tipperary
* Ross Castle - Killarney, County Kerry
* St. Mary's Church - Gowran, County Kilkenny
* Scattery Island Cathedral and Monastery - County Clare - early Christian place of pilgrimage
* Sligo Abbey - Sligo, County Sligo
* Swiss Cottage - Cahir, County Tipperary
* Tintern Abbey - County Wexford - Cistercian abbey
* Trim Castle - Trim, County Meath - Norman castle

External reference

*Heritage Sites of Ireland, Pamphlet, OPW.

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