Treasures of the Boyne Valley
In the book Treasures of the Boyne Valley
, Peter Harbison
an archaeologist and historian, traces the River Boyne from source to sea,
covering human habitation from pre-history to the present day.
The River Boyne flows through the rich limestone land of Co. Meath. Its
combination of fertile soil and navigable access to the sea has ensured
that it has been inhabited continuously from the end of the Ice Age.
Peter Harbison's book discusses the history of the Boyne Valley, the landscape,
the peoples who have left their imprint on the region since pre-history,
the houses and monuments, the battle sites and all the other aspects that
make it such a rich source of interest.
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Events and people are featured such as the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 and
important figures from the area including the writers Mary Lavin and Francis Ledwidge.
The highlight of the book is of course the three great Stone Age burial sites at
The book also covers the history and archaeology of the
Hill of Tara
There are a total of 122 photographs and prints in the Treasures
of the Boyne Valley
, many of photographs are by Tom Kelly which were
especially commissioned for the book. Tom Kelly is resident of the Boyne
valley and knows the area well.
- The Boyne from Source to the Sea
- Edenderry and the western end of the Boyne
- Clonard to Donore
- Trim and environs
- Bective area
- Navan area
- Along the Boyne Walk towards Slane
- Heading towards Slane
- The Bend of the Boyne, Brú na Bóinne and Duleek
- Oldbridge, Mellifont and the
Battle of the Boyne
- The estuary and the sea
- Ireland's oldest man-made artefact
- The Mesolithic
- The Neolithic, or New Stone Age
- Passage Graves in the Bend of the Boyne
- Sacred landscape
- The Hill of Tara
- The Hill of Slane and the coming of Christianity
- Upstream to Clonard
- High Crosses
- Round Towers and Vikings
- Trim Castle
- Drogheda Town Walls
- Newtown Trim
- Medieval effigies
- Bective Abbey
- Athlumney Castle
- Wayside Crosses
- The Battle of the Boyne
- Bellinter House
- St Peter's Church of Ireland Church, Drogheda
National and Historic Monuments of Ireland
Peter Harbison is an archaeologist and historian. The
author of many books, including the definitive 'Guide
to the National and Historic Monuments of Ireland', now in its fourth
edition, he was for many years the editor of Ireland of the Welcomes, the
principal periodical publication of Fáilte Ireland the Irish Tourist Board. He is
the leading authority on Irish high crosses and is a former vice-president
of the Royal Irish Academy, Honorary Member and Professor of Archaeology at
the Royal Hibernian Academy and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College Dublin.
Since its first publication in 1970, the 'Guide
to the National and Historic Monuments of Ireland'
has introduced countless thousands to the archaeological riches with which the
Irish landscape is endowed. Detailed plans and reference maps, reconstructions
and illustrations enliven the text, which describes all the monuments in close
detail. A comprehensive introduction places these monuments within the context
of Irish history.
The Medieval Castles of Ireland
The Medieval Castles of Ireland
by David Sweetman.
Blarney Castle, Bunratty Castle and Dublin Castle are three of the most recognisable
and well-known castles in Ireland but how many of us really know why and how they
were built and who lived in them? There are many castles dotted throughout Ireland
and each one has its own story to tell, its own history to reveal.
Boyne Valley Private Day Tour
Immerse yourself in the rich heritage and culture of the Boyne Valley with our full-day private tours.
Visit Newgrange World Heritage site, explore the Hill of Slane, where Saint Patrick famously lit the Paschal fire.
Discover the Hill of Tara, the ancient seat of power for the High Kings of Ireland.