Trim Castle is a Norman Castle first built in 1176 on the site of a previous wood stockade. It really looks like a ‘castle.’ Prince Hal was held prisoner in the York Gate. Nearby is the ruin of an Augustinian monastery tower, the highest in medieval Ireland.
More recently, parts of the film “Bravehart,” set in Scotland, were filmed in Irish Trim Castle. They declined to keep the set when offered, however, because they were worried it would become know as the “Bravehart Castle” rather than Trim.
But for a really old experience, we visited the tomb/religious mounds at Knowth and Newgrange. Knowth, which is a little newer, has more elaborate carvings, but one can
enter Newgrange. An upper “window” lets in a beam of light, but one enters through a low door behind a barrier rock. Hunched over, we edged our way down a narrow passage lined with carved slabs weighing between two
and ten tons. Finally we entered a cruciform chamber. One side had a large carved bowl to hold the ashes of the dead. It was so big it had to have been placed there before the tomb was built. When our guide turned out the light, a beam of light shone from the entryway just as it would at dawn on the equinox five thousand years ago — it is older than the Pyramids of Giza! Who knew? What an experience to touch stones that were just as they were when dragged miles over the countryside to be put in place three thousand years before Christ.