|Bodenstown Graveyard |
Wolfe Tone lived in Blackhall. He died in gaol in 1798 and a trip to where he is buried in Bodenstown, the focus of regular national commemorations of “the father of Irish republicanism”, is definitely worthwhile.
|Heweston School |
Hewetson School relocated from Betaghstown to here in 1882, amalgamating with the Protestant Parish School.
|Church of St. Michael and All Angels |
This wonderful Celtic Revival Hiberno-Romanesque church with its lovely lych gate was built at quite enormous cost by Thomas Cooke-Trench. The architect was J.F. Fuller and it was consecrated in September 1883 by Archbishop Richard Chevenix Trench.
|Clongowes Wood College |
This famous Jesuit school, where James Joyce, John Redmond and Thomas Francis Meagher all studied, was a 15th Century Eustace Castle, built to defend The Pale - a double ditch separating English settled land from Gaelic Ireland. Sections of the Pale can still be seen here. Clongowes and Rathcoffey Castles were home to the remarkable Browne and Wogan families, commemorated in the Abbey Garden .
|Mainham Cemetery |
The ruins of a medieval church stand on this early religious site. Adjacent is the 1743 Browne mausoleum with its fascinating inscription over the door. Close to the mausoleum is a tree-covered tumulus, said to be Queen Buan’s grave.
|Donadea Forest Park |
Turn off the Kilcock Road for Donadea and enjoy a walk in this lovely forest park, the grounds of the 17th Century Aylmer castle until Caroline Aylmer’s death in 1935. The evocative ruins of the castle with its lake, ice-house and St. Peter’s church all grace the park still.