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Conor McHale is a member of Unite’s Archaeology Branch and a talented cartoonist. The message of this one is clear: unionise (or, ewe-nionise)! #unions #irishunions #archaeology #dig4decency #irisharchaeology

View from within the keep at Carrickobraghy castle, Isle of Doagh Inishowen. Looking to Glashedy Island. A magical place. #Inishowen #Coastwatch #isleofdoagh #Donegal #wildatlanticway #irisharchaeology

Ireland’s best preserved medieval town... Kilmallock’s medieval story is waiting to be discovered! Here the belltower of our Dominican priory stands tall above the tomb of the White Knights. Pic: @trevor_mccarthaigh #kilmallock #limerick #thisislimerick #munstervales #medievalireland #monasticireland #irisharchaeology #discoverireland #failteireland #historyireland #instaireland #ig_ireland #instalimerick #inspireireland #pocketireland #instahistory #irishhistory #irishhistoryandheritage

Been on a nostalgia kick lately 🌾 . . . . . . . . . . . #irisharchaeology #visitireland #archaeology #archaeologylife #travel #summer #takemeback #fernsvillage #cathedral #wexford #wexfordireland

Good morning big Dowth...sad to see the stones being exposed to the weather throughout the year, the damage is irreversible #dowth #brúnabóinne #irisharchaeology #heritage #meath #megalithicart #ireland

Join us May 1-8, 2019 and visit this archaeological world wonder, Newgrange. This massive megalithic temple complex used for 1000 years beginning in 2800 bc is a jewel of Ireland. We will learn about its hidden significance for shamanic healing and ascension. We will visit many other sites of spiritual significance both historical and natural. If you’d like to learn more about Celtic spirituality, culture and shamanism, and our ancestral inheritance, please do join us! Tap the link for more info 🙌🏼🌈 #loveireland #irelandtour2019 #newgrange #brunaboinne #irisharchaeology #celticshamanism #celticspirituality #irelandpilgrimage #spiritualtravel #ascension #ancestralhealing #celticancestry #holywells #druidry #druidsofinstagram

The Lavabo, Melifont Abbey, at night, not spooky at all... 👀⚰️🔪🧛🏼‍♂️🧟‍♂️☠️💀👻

St. Patricks Cathedral in Trim dates from medieval times: the tower and the ruins on the east end date from the 15th century. The present Church of Ireland building was built in 1802 and became the seat of the Bishop of Meath in 1955. It is believed to be on the site of the early monastery of St Lomán, a nephew of St Patrick. Excavations in the nearby streets and carparks uncovered human bone and burials that dated from the Early Medieval period, strongly suggesting an early ecclesiastical foundation.

Perks of being an archaeologist... free mud masks 😂 #archaeologist #irisharchaeology #dirty #mud

Morning light at Dowth...calm before the storm #dowth #brúnabóinne #meath #heritage #irisharchaeology #ireland #morning #sunrise

#Repost @irish_archaeology with @get_repost ・・・ This Iron Age stone head is from Corleck, Co Cavan. It contains three separate faces and is thought to represent an ancient Irish deity #irisharchaeology #ireland #cavan #Celtic #celts #loves_Ireland #discoverireland #archaeology

Beautiful day for wandering around the cloister of Bective Abbey, the second oldest Cistercian abbey in Ireland. Situated on an important route from Tara to the Hill of Tlachtga (now Ward), the monks farmed thousands of acres and personified Bernard of Clairveauxs dream of piety and self sustainability. Later turned into a private house with a fortified tower

Never get tired of finding these! c-1640-1680. #irisharchaeology #irishhistory #claypipes #archaeology #archaeologyexcavation #history #ireland #postmedieval

October!!?.... is this truly you?? Kilmallock’s Dominican Priory transept window looks magnificent against the Autumn sky this afternoon! #kilmallock #limerick #ballyhoura #munstervales #medievalireland #monastic #failteireland #discoverireland #irishhistory #instaireland #ig_ireland #historyireland #archaeology #archaeologyireland #irisharchaeology

I’m excited to share my upcoming Shamanic Journey to The Heart of Ireland! We will be visiting some of the most powerful ancient sites and natural places of magic and beauty. On this years tour we will visit the sacred Hill of Uisneach for the annual Bealtane fire ceremony. This experience will take you back to the origin of Celtic shamanic experience and the heart of ancient Ireland. We will reawaken the ancient memory of interconnection to nature at power places that open the portals to mystical 5th dimensional awareness of nature. 🌈 This is a pilgrimage for the soul to reignite the indigenous memory of our celtic European cellular memory. Communing with ancestral land can have long term powerful effects. Let the wind, land, stones, rain and fire awaken your belonging and the forgotten home of your soul. Our group is limited to 6 travelers so book early. Tap the link for more information. 🙏🏻🌿 #Irelandtravel #irelandtour2019 #celticshamanism #druidry #naturespirits #irisharchaeology #polnabrone #uisneach #sacredireland #spiritualtravel #irelandpilgrimage #holywells #shamanism

Dirt & stones. A ringfort overlooking a round tower and church. Large earth embankment, with deap dicth on a steap hill with views of Croagh Patrick, Nephin, and Slieve Carin looking down on the remains of Turlough Round Tower. Which came first the fort or the tower? Id be guessing forth #Rath #RingFort #Lios #Dún #RoundTower #irisharchitecture #IrishHistory #irisharchaeology #Instahistory #Mayohistory #HistoryIreland #Stones #EarlyIrishHistory #IronAge #StoneBuiltIsBetterBuilt #PreNorman #VikingEra #EarlyChristianIreland

This Iron Age stone head is from Corleck, Co Cavan. It contains three separate faces and is thought to represent an ancient Irish deity #irisharchaeology #ireland #cavan #Celtic #celts #loves_Ireland #discoverireland #archaeology

Back in lovely St. Patricks in Wexford Town today. Medieval church on a Viking site with the town wall forming a boundary. Lots going on. This is the interior of the nave of the church. #wexford #irisharchaeology #medievalchurch #buildingconservation

@schoolofirisharchaeology brought our Big Dig to the students of Lucan Community College & St. Tolas N.S, Westmeath last week! // If youd like us to visit either your primary or secondary school just follow the link in bio for more info ⬆️ or head over to @schoolofirisharchaeology // 📷 Armour kindly provided by @claiomh_ireland as part of their #mobilemuseum // #archaeology #irisharchaeology #theschoolofirisharchaeology #schoolofirisharchaeology #thebigdig #thebigdig2018 #archaeologist #juniorarchaeologist #wedigarchaeology #education #outdooreducation #explorethepast #educatethefuture #heritage #heritagehunters #heritageinschools #history #livinghistory #mobilemuseum #vikings #medieval #medievalireland #medievalhistory #excavation #artefacts #school #archaeologyschool #ireland

It may shock people that , in the #upsidedown of the internet,where few are as they seem, Im very real. I do #archaeology stuff and all that. And sometimes I talk about it, rather than whine on social media! If you are in #belfast on the 16th #october, and like a bit of the oul #irisharchaeology #IronAge , theyll let you in to this at 1pm free. With a cup.of tea of course in your hand as it would be rude not to. Its got #horses ! #romans (kinda but not quite), #chronology ! #metal ! #LoveQUB #QUB #ArchaeologyatQUB #Belfast #culture

Another Sile na Gig from Fethard in Tipperary. This one is disputed as if it is one it has had its bits chizzled off 🤣 which is the local claim because its actually sitting smack bang in the middle of a wall beside the parish priests house beside the Augustinian abbey(only in Ireland).I had to go into the priests garden to get to it as the abbey was closed. It is possible that this is an example of a different kind of male grotesque but again its missing its important parts now so no one can say for sure. Sile na Geige the celtic godess although important enough to have survived into the reign of christianity has not got a lot of written history attached. Because the symbolism has been lost to time and patriarchal views of sexuality most people only see a vulgar caricature. Patriarchal society didnt sit well with the unrestricted feminine sexuality that these artifacts portray.Because of this many have been defaced or destroyed or the stones they were carved on dismantled and used as stone for outhouses and walls. The open vulva as with similar imagery in other cultures should probibly be a liminal or gateway symbol, a celebration of human creation. Her ribcage showing and the wrinkled neck connect her to the crone or cailleach meaning she also signifies old age death and passage to the afterlife. Sila does not view sexuality as shameful or something to be hidden.She stares at you face on defiantly while showing you the gateway through which you entered the world. #silenagig #Church #history #picoftheday #goplayoutside #urbanexploration #finditliveit #exploremore #derelict #wonderful_places #archaeology #picoftheday #ireland #ruin #ruins #abandonedireland #discoverireland #instagood #history #derelict #architecture #derelictplaces #picoftheday #instagramers #instago #instagood #abandonedplaces #irisharchaeology

FETHARD Tipperary. In Ireland we dont like to talk about the sexy stuff so its unusual when you come across a lusty spreadeagled depiction of a woman on a main street in Fethard.This sexy lady is a Sheela na gig : figurative carvings of naked women displaying an exaggerated vulva.They are classified as grotesques and found all over Europe mainly on or moved from churches &castles Ireland has the greatest number of surviving sheela na gig carvings with over 110.No one knows for sure wether these were a bit of bling in Norman castles or something much older which was integrated as its hard to date the stone carvings. Some records show these stones may have been birthing stones as some were loaned out to pregnant women for good luck or associated with some pagan godess.The goddess in question usually is identified as Celtic, the hag-like cailleach of Irish and Scottish mythology but they are also seen to a lesser extent in England,France and Spain. The Encyclopedia of Religion(1993) draws parallels between the sheela na gig and the ancient Irish myth of the goddess who granted kingship. She would appear as a lustful hag, and most men would refuse her advances, except for one man who accepted. When he slept with her, she was transformed into a beautiful maiden who would confer royalty onto him and bless his reign. There are additional variants of this idea ie loathly lady and the leanan sidhe).Incase you didnt already know Tipperary was special we have the highest number of these found here out of any county in Ireland. #silenagig #Church #history #picoftheday #goplayoutside #urbanexploration #finditliveit #exploremore #derelict #wonderful_places #archaeology #picoftheday #ireland #ruin #ruins #abandonedireland #discoverireland #instagood #history #derelict #architecture #derelictplaces #picoftheday #instagramers #instago #instagood #abandonedplaces #irisharchaeology

Ancient sentinels... Athgreany stone circle, Co Wicklow. #irisharchaeology #wicklow #archaeology #loves_Ireland #instaireland #discoverireland #wanderlust #ancient

Finnbennach, the white-horned bull of Connacht. In the Ulster Cycle of early Irish literature, the bull belonged to King Ailill of Connacht. His wife, Queen Medb, was so jealous of the bull that she launched an invasion of Ulster to capture a bull equal to that of her husband, Donn Cuailnge (the Brown Bull of Cooley). This story is the premise for the Táin Bó Cuailnge (Cattle Raid of Cooley), the most famous tale from the Ulster Cycle. In the end, Donn Cuailnge kills Finnbennach, but is mortally wounded in the process. The sculpture stands outside the Rathcroghan visitor centre, and the mound behind him is the spot where Ráth Thuilsce (Tulsk Fort) once stood. --- #roscommon #ireland #tulsk #rathcroghan #sculpture #literature #bull #hillfort #autumn #irishhistory #irisharchaeology #irishmythology #medievalireland #irishliterature #táin @rathcroghan

14th century floor tile from Great Connell priory, Co Kildare. It depicts a wild boar #irisharchaeology #archaeology #kildare #loves_Ireland #discoverireland #medievalarchitecture #medieval #pigs

13th century window over looked by a 10th century roundt tower, Kilmacduagh, Co Galway #irisharchaeology #galway #medievalarchitecture #window #loves_Ireland #visitireland #discoverireland #instaireland #visitgalway

The Victorian wing of the castle under ivy. #ruin #losthouses #ireland #irisharchaeology #ivycladhouse

I love this photo. It just...happened. Undergrads milling around, wondering where the #heartbeat #drumming was coming from. Well, in a ritual landscape you cant help being suspicious of the #sidhe 😉 at any rate, Im not entirely sure this gentleman was mortal, with his pheasant feather hat and #bodhran, but glad to have made his acquaintance as we sailed #intothemystic #irisharchaeology #neolithic

Being an Iron Age kinda girl, I dont know a lot about the #Neolithic, but today I was working with undergrads to.take them up to #loughcrew in county #meath. The cairns are about 4000 years old, and in two groups, #carnbanewest and #carnbaneeast . Its quite a steep hill, but worth the gasping . #irisharchaeology

Uaimh na gCat (the Cave of the Cats), near Tulsk in County Roscommon. 37m long and 7m below the surface at its deepest point, it was created by water erosion in the limestone bedrock. The entrance was built in the early medieval period. The cave was regarded as a portal to the underworld, a pre-Christian parallel environment that contains elements of both Paradise and Hell. Many stories tell of terrifying creatures emerging from the cave at Samhain (Halloween), including werewolves, giant boars, and vicious wildcats. In the entrance, two ogam stones have been repurposed as lintels. One of them reads Fraech, son of Medb, which is interesting for all kinds of reasons I dont have the space to explain here. No picture can do justice to what its actually like down there. 😱 --- #roscommon #ireland #tulsk #oweynagat #cave #logainm #halloween #spooky #irishhistory #irisharchaeology #irishmythology #medievalireland #thisisireland

Robert Stenuit, Underwater Archaeologist and discoverer of the Girona Wreck off Lacada Point, measures the bore of a forgotten Armada Cannon in 1969. The cast-iron cannon, was found nestled in to a grassy bank, near Kiltoorish Castle nor far from the wreckage of the Duquesa Santa Ana, Don Alonso Martinez de Leyva’s second ship. He and his men barricaded themselves on O’Boyle’s Island until they heard word of the Girona at Killybegs harbour. The cannon is on display in the Ulster Museum today. #FridayFeature #WarpAndWeft2018 #Shipwreck #LaGirona #Ardara #Donegal #Glenties #Portnoo #Archaeology #IrishArchaeology #16thc #SpanishArmada #RemeberingTheArmada #WalkInTheFootStepsOfThe800 #History #Heritage #WildAtlanticWay #Diving #UnderwaterArchaeology

Set in Stone. Kilree Round Tower and Monastic Site. #historickilkenny #historickells #irelandsancienteast #irisharchaeology #roundtowers

When you can’t find your ranging rod so your coworker has to do instead. #archaeology #archaeologyproblems #irisharchaeology #justarchaeologythings @box_o_rocks

Sometimes studying archaeology takes you pretty places . . . . . #ireland #archaeology #irisharchaeology #studenttrips

I never tire of the aerial photography of @therealjackoshea Here he has taken a fabulous picture of Kilmallock’s Collegiate Church. The bell tower dates from the 11th cent and the rest of the building is 13th-15th cent. The roofed transept on the right contains some magnificent 16th and 17th cent tombs. Pic: @therealjackoshea #kilmallock #limerick #ballyhoura #munstervales #thisislimerick #medieval #16thcentury #17thcentury #11thcentury #13thcentury #collegiatechurch #irishhistory #irishhistoryandheritage #medievalireland #drone #dronephotography #irishheritage #aerialphotography #failteireland #discoverireland #instalimerick #instaireland #ig_ireland #archaeologyireland #irisharchaeology #limerickhour #medievalireland

Ardagh 150 Open Day Saturday 6th of October, National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, 11am - 4pm. Free Admission. Talk to our curators, take part in art activities and meet Vikings, monks and scribes to discover life in Early Medieval Ireland. See our special guest the Sam Maguire Cup! #Ardagh150, #SamMaguire, #IrishArchaeology, #ArdaghChalice, #Ardagh, #whatsondublin, #freeevent #nationalmuseumofireland #irishheritage #ireland #irishhistory

Staigue Fort looking mysterious in the mist🌫️ Ancient defensive stronghold🐺🐾🏰⚔️ 🍀💚 #staiguefort #ringofkerry #stonefort #irishhistory #irisharchaeology #ireland #mysterious #storiesuntold #historic #dark #wildatlanticwaykerry #fog #mist

Defences of Dublin Pt 2: the Pigeon House Fort was built in 1814 out on the South Wall of Dublin Harbour. It incorporated Mr Pigeons Hotel (fancy digs for the officers!), gun loops and cannon emplacements. It was designed to be the last stand position for the British administration in Ireland in the event of a total collapse of law and order.

Sitting vertically in a soil filled well, the remains of an 18th century pumpstick/pumprod! #irisharchaeology #dublinarchaeology #archaeology #archaeologyexcavation #worldarchaeology #history

The view toward Bantry today from Whiddy Island graveyard, in the townland of Kilmore. The old island graveyard also contains the ruins of a church, and sits within a hilltop rath which may date back to the 5th or 6th century. Its one of the stops on the Whiddy Island Heritage Trail, and offers a 360 degree view of Bantry Bay. . . . . . #whiddyisland #westcork #wildatlanticway #visitwestcork #islandviews #islandlife #islandculture #islandhistory #irishislands #irishhistory #irisharchaeology #oldgraveyard #kilmore #discovercork #corkislands #corkphotos #heritagetrail #islandheritage

18th century military cobblestones, a feature very close to my heart ❤️ . . . . . #archaeology #irisharchaeology #cobblestones #stones #militaryhistory #phoenixpark #dublin #magazinefort

Two wells, two pits, two stake holes, all c-late 18th century! #irisharchaeology #dublinarchaeology #archaeology #archaeologyexcavation #history #worldarchaeology #ilovearchaeology #ireland

Sunset over Cloghanmore, an ancient court cairn (a style of megalithic chamber tomb), in the next townland, Málainn Mhóir. Glencolmcille is rich in archaeology dating as far back as 3,000 BC. For more info on the archaeological sites you can visit en route to Away To Me Sheepdog Trial Demonstrations check out: http://www.glencolmcille.ie/archeology.htm #Cloghanmore #Malinmore #Glencolmcille #megalithic #archaeology #IrishArchaeology #IrishHistory #Donegal #NoFilter

16 June 2016. Ireland. Herbs drying in a cottage. When are we going back? . . . . . . . #garden #herbs #ireland #cottage #rural #village #villagelife #irisharchaeology #archaeology

Main powder storage hall of the Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park: barrel vaulted with thick blast walls and wooden pegs (no nails!) to protect against explosion whilst underfloor cavities and air vents kept the gunpowder dry. . . . . #archaeology #irisharchaeology #dublin #phoenixpark #visitireland #visitdublin #gunpowder #urbex #barracks #army #militaryhistory

Exploring the defences of Dublin today: first up is the Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park, built in 1734 to store and guard the British Armys gunpowder. More phases from early 19th and 20th century makes for an interesting hodge podge of additions. . . . . #archaeology #irisharchaeology #history #militaryhistory #dublin #phoenixpark #visitireland #visitdublin #gunpowder #urbex #barracks #army #britisharmy

The Hill of Tara is located near the River Boyne in Co. Meath. It is one of the royal sites of Ireland and considered the seat of the High Kings. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. Tech Midchuarta (Banquetting Hall) — ceremonial avenue or cursus that would usher you into the royal site. Featuring Conor Newman from NUI Galway’s Department of Archaeology, who wrote the book on Tara!⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2. Lovely view to the West from the Sloping Trenches. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3. Lia Fáil (Stone of Destiny) — would inaugurate the true king by emitting a roar when it was struck. Brought to Ireland by the mythical Tuatha Dé Danann. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 4. Duma na nGiall (the Mound of the Hostages) — passage tomb dating to the Neolithic, along with a look at the internal rock art inscriptions.

Ballynoe Stone Circle. One of the great rings of Western Europe it is probably around 5,000 years old. Stone circles were ceremonial in function and may have had astrological and calendar uses. The sunken pathway to Ballynoe is littered with tributes to the fairy folk. In Ireland, when their original purpose was long forgotten, these great structures were credited to supernatural creatures. #irishhistory #irisharchaeology #irishmonuments

Grianán Ailigh, or the Grianan of Aileach, on the Inisowen peninsula in County Donegal. The stone fort is the main feature of the site, which sits atop an 800 foot hill commanding strategic views of the surrounding landscape. The history of the complex, like many important early Irish sites, is shrouded in mythology. It is said that the Dagda, a god and king of the Tuatha Dé Danann, ordered the hillfort built over the grave of his dead son Áed. The Alexandrian geographer Ptolemy included it as one of five important landmarks in his 2nd c. AD map of Ireland. The fort was primarily in use during the early medieval period as the seat of the kings of the Northern Uí Néill, and was most extensively used after the 8th c., when the Cenél nEógain (in Tyrone/Derry, hence Tír Eógain) established dominance over their neighbours and kin, Cenél Conaill (Donegal, hence Tír Conaill). It was partially destroyed by the King of Munster, Muirchertach Ua Briain, in the early 12th c., who allegedly ordered all his men to each carry away a stone, so that Cenél nEógain would never again gain dominance in the area. --- #donegal #derry #tyrone #ireland #aileach #hillfort #castle #ruins #logainm #irishhistory #irishmythology #irisharchaeology #medievalireland #kingsandhighkings #thisisireland

The remains of the medieval parish church of Rosslare, full of earth mortar. Had a nice morning showing the ruins to the participants of EBUKI Clayfest 2018. #medievalchurch #earthmortar #clayfest2018 #buildingconservation #irisharchaeology #ebuki #wexford #ireland

Haroldstown dolmen, Co Carlow. This impressive Neolithic monument dates from around 3500 BC #irisharchaeology #archaeology #discoverireland #visitireland #loves_ireland #carlow #dolmen #instaireland #wanderlust

Dùn, Rath, Lios, Cashel...47, 000 ringforts made of earth or stone can be found throughout the country! These circular homesteads are our most common field monument! #cahergallstonefort #cashel #irisharchaeology #earlymedieval #kerry #cahersiveen #waw #wildatlanticway #gopro #goproireland #irishpassion #insta_ireland #igireland #igersireland #rawireland

A rare green glaze clay pipe, with the words Friend of Ireland on the bowl. Turned a metallic silver due to the organic layer it settled in. From the bottom of a well! #irisharchaeology #irishhistory #archaeologyexcavation #ilovearchaeology #archaeology #history #claypipes

One of the treasures to be discovered in our GAP area; the Kilclooney Dolmen #ardara #october #kilclooneydolmen #archaeology #neolithic #dolmen #irisharchaeology Latitude: 54° 49′ 3.17″ N Longitude: 8° 25′ 56.38″ W

I am up doing the #HorsesMoving conference here in #Stavanger #Norway. Yes I look like a guppy in full pout, but I dont seem to be able to talk without making faces!! #archaeology #conferenceseason #representingQUB #irisharchaeology

Equinox sunset at the Lia Fáil (Stone of Destiny) on the Hill of Tara.

Thank god it’s Friday #tgif #archaeologist #irisharchaeology #ireland #excavation

And that ladies in gentlemen is what a distended vulva looks like. Detail of the final sheela-na-gig in the Cork collection. Here we habe an example of a vulva and anua while the hand is seen clasping the inner thigh. Trust me...theyre there. A big thank you to everybody who facilitated this work 😊

Bringing our Sheela-na-Gig survey of County Cork to a close this @culturenight.

Doing things the old fashioned way first.

The entire staircase is intact so of course we had to go exploring .

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