This is Heritage Week in Ireland and events are being held up and down the country to encourage people to have a better appreciation of our heritage.
It's easy to take our heritage for granted when, it seems, that every parish has a national monument of some sort, from neolithic graves to fine Georgian houses.
I can, within a twenty minute drive, find dolmen and passage graves, medieval churches, old abbeys and castles, sweat houses and mass rocks.
It was only when I began posting images of these on the photo sharing website Pbase.com that the comments of users from America and Australia made me think: 'Hey, it really IS cool to drive past a 13th century tower on my way to work every day.'
Our heritage is a huge asset and one which attracts many visitors to Ireland - no one is going to come here for the weather. Unfortunately, some of it has been lost by farmers clearing fields and developers anxious to make a quick buck.
We also need better signs and information for many of our national monuments so that locals and visitors alike can enjoy them.
|King John's Castle Carlingford|
|Cuchulainn's Mount, Dundalk|
|Celtic Cross, Dromiskin|
|Old Graveyard, Faughart|