Amazing Legend: The Original Magnificant Seven That Planted Faith In Ireland

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For those that love to peel back the layers of history, exploring Ardmore’s past is a wonderful opportunity to experience monastic life in a small Irish village.

You are invited to walk in the footsteps of our ancestors and experience the histories in the very places that they happened.

We include this short piece about the life of St Declan from The chronicle of Ireland, by Henry Marleburrough; continued from the collection of Doctor Meredith Hanmer, in the yeare 1571. Dublin, Printed by the Society of stationers, M.DCXXXIII.Read More »Amazing Legend: The Original Magnificant Seven That Planted Faith In Ireland

Falsely Claim Of The Amazing Bishop Of Hardimore !!!

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People have been interested in what was happening in Ardmore for hundreds of years.

And, the roots of Ardmore’s heritage run deep.

The following extracts represent early references to life in Ardmore and in particular to the feast of St Declan on the 24th of July.

These extracts come from the antiquities and history of Ireland, by the right honourable Sir James Ware (1594-1666). Containing 1. His inquiries into the antiquities of Ireland. 2. His Annals of Ireland from the first conquest by the English. 3. His commentaries of the prelates of Ireland. 4. His Two books of the writers of Ireland. 5. By way of appendix is added that rare and admirable discourse of Sir John Davis, knight, of the cause why Ireland was no sooner reduced to the obedience of the crown of England. Now first published in one volume in English; and the life of Sir James Ware prefixed.Read More »Falsely Claim Of The Amazing Bishop Of Hardimore !!!

Introducing The Man Who Saved Saint Declan’s Well

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Visitors to Saint Declan’s Well will know that they are walking in a place that a Saint spent time in.

But few visitors will know Hugh Byrne. A private soldier in the Donegal militia that dedicated his the end of his life to tending to the Well. He is also said to have been buried next to Declan’s grave.

Some people just make a difference.

And, often they may not even know that their efforts will be remembered after they are gone.

As you walk around the Well next, spare a thought for Hugh.

For the history enthusiasts, we continue this story with a wonderful article from THE DUBLIN PENNY JOURNAL CONDUCTED BY P. DIXON HARDY, M.R.I.A. Vol. III – OCTOBER 4, in 1834. No. 118.

“The village of Ardmore is situated on the coast of the county of Waterford, about four miles from Youghal, and is remarkable for one of the most perfect round towers to be found in Ireland, the origin of which is attributed to St. Declan, who is said to have been the friend and companion of St. Patrick, by whom he was made Bishop of Ardmore, where he founded an abbey about the year 402, and where his memory is still held in great veneration.Read More »Introducing The Man Who Saved Saint Declan’s Well

Why You Desperately Need Lugud’s Leacht And Amazing Ogham Stones

With fantastic itineraries, exciting places to go to, and must-see attractions, plan your perfect trip to Ardmore along Ireland’s Ancient East.

Some must-see objects that you must see when you visit Ardmore is the Ogham Stones. These are located in Ardmore Cathedral.

Ogham is the earliest form of writing in Ireland. And, it dates to around 4th century A.D. It was in use for around 500 years.

And, Ardmore has some great examples for you to explore.

The Ogham alphabet is made up of a series of strokes along or across a line. Often Ogham is referred to as the “Celtic Tree Alphabet”. This is because a number of the letters are linked to old Irish names for certain trees.

The alphabet is normally carved on standing stones to commemorate someone, using the edge of the stone as the centre line.

The marks normally read from the left-hand side bottom up, across the top, and if needed down the other side.

We are pleased to present an article on the Ogham Stones of Ardmore as detailed in the Journal of the Kilkenny and the South East of Ireland (Volume III, 1860-61) written by E. Fitzgerald, Architect.Read More »Why You Desperately Need Lugud’s Leacht And Amazing Ogham Stones