Beyond the Blarney provides high quality cultural tours and workshops specialising in the history, mythology, culture and folklore of Ireland past and present. Let us take you out ‘beyond the blarney’ … beyond the Ireland of shamrocks and shillelaghs to discover something deeper, richer and more diverse.
We're based in Ireland in the beautiful Boyne Valley near the Loughcrew Cairns in Oldcastle, County Meath - the Royal County. Home to High Kings and scholars, saints and pagans in a landscape tracing 5,000 years of heritage and history. A place of myth and magic, lore and legend where the spirit of the past still lingers, weaving its way into the life and traditions, places and people of this heartland of Ireland.
Beyond the Blarney brings you closer …closer to that heart, deeper into the history and culture of Ireland.
We feel blessed to live in a place of such mystery and beauty - we hope these photos give you some idea of what we mean.
The Lonely Planet has put Loughcrew on a list of the top 25 things to do and see in Ireland.
News & Events
Oldcastle hosted RTE's John Murray Show Walking Club on Sunday 18th November. Over 1,500 people enjoyed a brilliant day's walking.
'The Irish midlands - the spiritual and geographical heart of the island.' so says Manchán Magan in his article 'Igniting the spiritual Midlands'
Check out Artist Michelle Boyle's new website. Michelle delivers our 'Rock Art of Loughcrew Cairns' workshop.
Our neighbours in Fore make it to the 2010 Hot List 'Best Hidden Gem'.
St Bride's Church, The Square, Oldcastle,
Even in the depths of Winter, there is much to be seen and enjoyed around the Boyne Valley. This view of Sliabh na Cailli at Loughcrew can be seen on the Kells/Oldcastle Road.