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About Ireland Byways

Welcome to Ireland Byways!

Ireland Byways. History, culture, myths and legends of Ireland.

All the articles on this website were researched and written by Francis Barrister, the original creator of Ireland Byways, with the first article being  published in March 2008.

Sadly, Francis passed away in early 2018 but his work remains here for all to read.

If you are interested in Ireland’s landscape(s), culture(s), and especially history at both local and national level, this website is for you, whether you are resident on the island or a visitor.  We hope you will gain real insights into the island’s natural and cultural heritage.

Our ByRoutes across Ireland’s varied terrains describe historic, scenic and atmospheric locations off the beaten track, with fresh takes on the country’s most famous landmarks and suggestions for worthwhile detours.

We have simultaneously set out to explore Ireland by Sectors (e.g. East  & Southeast, Midlands & “Midwest” etc.), providing information on the ByRoutes and supplying special pages on regional highlights, which can also be found under provinces & counties, with data about each, while Ireland by Nature & Design details the country’s  physical geography, coastline & islands,  mountains,  plains & bogs, natural history (flora & fauna),  parks & gardens,  main cities & towns, and architecture.

Our place descriptions are linked to information on the relevant people, history  & lore. These pages should make for fascinating reading in their own right.

Newcomers to Ireland will find introductory information and useful tips about various aspects of sojourning here.

We shall provide details for a range of accommodation, restaurants etc.  in each area, which we hope will be of use to foreign visitors and Irish excursionists alike.

This website is an ongoing voluntary project. Please contact us if you find any errors or wish to send us a trip report or images to be published as we would greatly appreciate and accept items from contributors.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is, to the best or our knowledge, true and accurate at the time of publication and is solely for informational purposes. All information on this site is intended to be accurate, complete and timely. We accept no liability for any loss or damage howsoever arising as a result of use or reliance on these web pages, or on the information thereon, or in respect of any links accessed via these Web pages. No information on this site is intended to serve as legal advice.

© Copyright Restrictions apply  to the material on this website. All text has been copyrighted automatically under the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works 1886, as amended. However, most sections of text and many images are available in accordance with the principle known as “copyleft” under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL).

The data provided on this website has been gathered from a wide variety of sources, and has been checked for accuracy. Every effort has been made to present the information without infringing the rights of others.

Queries and observations should be sent to

5 thoughts on “About Ireland Byways”

  1. just reading you site, can you please tell where you got the information about Otway Castle, Templederry. The site suggested that Otway Castle was built on a old monastic site and it was formanly the strong hold of Fogarty’s.
    I believe this information is not correct. If I am wrong, i would like to know the correct history.
    Can you let me know where you got the details about Fogarty’s and old Monastic site from?

  2. I refer to your copyright notice. You did not apply the same rules to your own group, by publishing mt photograph of the Church of the Assumption, Kentstown, Co. Meath, on this site (ByRoute 17.1 Co. Meath & Co. Cavan (SW)
    Yours Faithfully

    Michael Cowan

  3. I have a question concerning a statement made on this page:

    Where did you get this information? My ancestor’s were part of this parish at that time and just looking for and details I can learn of the area. I can find no other reference to this statement.
    “St Baethin’s church(RC) was built in 1861 to replace a stone building with a thatched roof erected c.1830 on a site supposedly granted by the O’Connor Don in Teevnacreevna but destroyed by the Frenches, who would not have any churches on their lands until the 6th Lord de Freyne’s conversion to Roman Catholicism.”

  4. ” On 19th June 1921, only three weeks before the truce that ended the war, Tommy Kelleher shot an Auxiliary in Drumlish and was gunned down by ten colleagues; he is commemorated by a Celtic Cross known as the Kelleher Monument.”

    Your account of this incident does not agree with statements by his comrades and Commanding Officers as recorded in Military Archives . His gun had not been fired in the incident.

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