Around the Aviva

Twice a year in our camera club, Offshoot, we have showcases of peoples work, this work is from the Shoot With Me outings that we run. Last Spring, I was in a group that focused on architecture around the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Normally there are about twelve groups who focus on a particular subject, …

Johnstown Castle

Johnstown Castle & Gardens is in Wexford and is incredibly easy to find. The Castle is 19th Century in date, even though the Estate dates back to the 11th Century when an English family called the Esmondes settled in the area shortly after the Norman invasion in 1169. The castle now houses the Agricultural Museum, …

Monkstown Castle

Another tour I took part in during the Summer of Heritage was one of Monkstown Castle. I was very familiar with this building, so I was curious as to learn about the history of the ruins. The first castle built here was built by the Cistercian Monks of St Mary’s Abbey at the centre of a …

Emo Court

Another day, another place to visit, this time it was Emo Court in Laois. I have been to Emo Court a few times in the past and it is always worth a visit. Today, we took the house tour, stopped for tea and Lemon Cake and then walked around the lake. The water levels in …