Conolly's Folly was commissioned and build during the famine of 1740 to give some employment to the local poor and starving population.
The Hill and Tyrconnell tower at Carton Estate
Here's a panorama I took last night at the NUIM Clubs & Societies Awards 2010, held at the Glenro...
A beautiful day out on the Carton House estate, on a small footbrdige of the the river Rye.
Besides the bus, which leaves from the Main Street, the train station is the other important connecti...
As you can see, tons of fun at the fair . . . . .
The Gold Saloon in the famous Carton House. If you're ever in the area, it's very worthwile visitng, ...
The Morrison Room, another impressive saloon in the prestigious Carton House. If you're ever in the a...
Here we are in the centre of Maynooth — "House Square". This is where Maynooth's Saint Patricks Day p...
Here's a panoramic from the St. Patrick's Day parade in good old Maynooth. A wonderful day especially...
Here's a view inside Maynooth's biggest pub, The Roost. Well, at least it can be the busiest. But it'...
Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.
The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.
Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".
Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.
Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.
In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states.
Text by Steve Smith.