Entries by Ronan Cleary

Molana Abbey

One of the many fascinating historical sites on the River Blackwater, Molana Abbey was an important site of learning and pilgrimage dating back to the 6th century. A fantastic blog post by Louise Nugent of Pilgrimage in Medieval Ireland on the Abbey can be found here: https://pilgrimagemedievalireland.com/2013/08/23/molana-abbey-co-waterford/  

Strancally Castle, Old and New.

The original Strancally Castle, located on the western bank of the river between Ballinaclash and Coolbagh piers, was built by Raymond le Gros, a cousin of Norman Invader Strongbow, in the 12th century. By the 16th century it was occupied by Spaniards who were said to have lured local landowners to a banquet in the […]