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Sunrise at Cusdendall, County Antrim
Dundrum Bay, County Down
The Quiet Man replica Cottage, Connemara, County Galway
The film won the Academy Award for Best Director and for Best Cinematography. Part of the film’s appeal was the lush Irish countryside captured by cameraman, Winton Hoch. Nearly seventy years later, the film still has popular appeal and the Connemara cottage pictured above, remains a popular tourist attraction.
Ballygally, County Antrim
Ruin of Clonmacnoise Monastery, founded in 544AD by St Ciaran
Mourne Mountains from St John's Point, County Down
Ruin of a 12th Century Cistercian Abbey, Jerpoint Abbey, Thomastown, County Kilkenny
Andrew Jackson's Cottage: Homestead in County Antrim where the 7th President of the United States (1829 to 1837) was brought up.
Moira Demesne, County Down
Kilfane Glen, Thomastown, County Kilkenny
The Rock of Cashel, also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick's Rock, Cashel, County Tipperary
Carnlough, County Antrim
Newcastle, County Down
Castlewellan Forest, County Down
Murlough, County Down, looking towards the Mourne Mountains and Newcastle
Saint Patrick's Cathedral, County Armagh
These are the ancient church ruins of St Cuthberts on the Ballytober Road, Bushmills, County Antrim. The church dates from the late 1630s and was built on the site of a much older medieval church. This was a place of worship for Protestant settlers in the area but it is credited as having been provided by Catholics; namely, Lady Katherine Manners, wife of the first Earl of Antrim, Randall McDonnell, and widow of the late Marquess of Buckingham. It is, therefore, a rare example of church tolerance in this region at that time.
St Cuthbert’s church served the Parish of Dunluce from 1622-1821, when the new Church of St. John the Baptist was built in Bushmills. It originally had a thatched roof, but as was the custom, it was then unroofed and the contents sold at auction.
The graveyard surrounding the church includes the remains of some sailors and noblemen who drowned when the ill-fated Spanish Armada ship, Girona, sank nearby in 1588, at what became known as Port na Spaniagh (or the Bay of the Spanish). It wasn’t until 1967 that the wreck of the Girona was discovered by Belgian diver, Robert Stenuit.
Athenry Abbey, County Galway
North Atlantic Ocean from Portballintrae, County Antrim
Lough Navar from Aghameelan Viewpoint,County Fermanagh
Castlerock clifftop looking towards Mussenden Temple, County Antrim
Athlone Castle, St Peter and Paul Cathedral and River Shannon, County Westmeath
Clough Castle with Mourne Mountains in background, County Down
In the sixteenth century, the ruined ‘keep’ was rebuilt as a tower house. The castle sits on a 25ft artificial mound, giving a vantage point for lovely views over the surrounding countryside, including the Mourne Mountains.