Mullingar Park Hotel
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... It was probably the entombment mound of Sláine, the Fir Bolg King.
The mound also has fascinating alignments with other prehistoric sites, and in mythology may have an astronomical connection.
I had great fun exploring the ruins; lookout for the carving of a reptilian dragon, see if you can catch a glimpse of the gargoyle staring at you.
... hole in the ground with a rounded top. Castellans of centuries ago are where we got the expression, "King of their Castle." They weren't anointed or crowned, but they were the law. You upset the Castellan or noble, who was the official emissary sent by the king to protect a part of the king's realm, and he could, and frequently did, throw the miscreant into the oubliette and "forgot" about him. A long way round to describe the Oubliette, an exterior ...
Another really good sleep, I think I'm getting used to the smells and sounds of Ireland. Mummy said we wouldn't do a lot of driving today, so I wanted to make sure I slept well when I got the chance. I got to wear a new green corduroy dress, so I felt really pretty. Mummy and Daddy and Berni all watched me as I tried walking the first time, but all I really did was shuffle my ...
... have magical trails exploring the wonders of Narnia.
The Belvedere Story:
The family associated with the strange story surrounding the Jealous Wall and Belvedere House were the Rochforts, a very old and influential family who came to Ireland during the 13th century. Robert Rochfort, later to become the 1st Earl of Belvedere was a Member of Parliament for Westmeath. He married Mary ...
... old castles in the city centre, one in scaffolding and one converted to a bank. The latter, Lynch’s Castle was the home of James Lynch, a hard-line mayor who at the end of the 15th century had brought a measure of peace and prosperity to the city with a zero tolerance policy against criminals. In 1493 his son got into a fight and killed a Spanish sailor. Because he was the ...