About Tuatha

Tuatha is a membership service for those who want to dig deeper into the Stories of Ireland.

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Founded by award-winning archaeologists and heritage tourism experts from Abarta Heritage, Tuatha is an online resource for lovers of Ireland’s heritage. It provides a rich source of reliable, in-depth knowledge from leading experts in the field, and a detailed guide to an Ireland most people never see.

Tuatha helps people discover the best places for in Ireland to visit, but really, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. We believe that we all enjoy a much more meaningful and rewarding experience when we begin to uncover and engage with the stories of the landscapes, places and people associated with them. Visiting a romantic ruin of a castle can be a great experience, but it is made all the better by understanding the story of the place. Why was it built, who lived there and what was their lives like, and how it came to be a ruin.

Our mission is to help you to connect to Ireland’s landscapes and stories. To enrich your experience with a sense of place, and to help you to understand the who, what, why and how of Ireland’s heritage. Tuatha helps people create their own epic adventures and memories.

Tuatha has been created by Abarta Heritage, Ireland’s leading experts in public and community archaeology and heritage engagement. We years of experience in researching, interpreting and telling Ireland’s story. This level of expertise is what sets Tuatha apart. It allows us to develop a wide range of exclusive content, designed to be engaging and packed with practical advice and expert insight. Though we want Tuatha to feel more like being in a traditional pub having a good chat with a friend rather than a university lecture hall. Our aim is to create a warm and generous place, where anyone can feel welcome and appreciated as you exchange your tips, ideas and experiences with the group, regardless of the background or previous knowledge.

Neil Jackman of Abarta Heritage and Tuatha at Kilmalkedar Church on the Dingle Peninsula

Ireland’s leading experts in public archaeology and heritage tourism

We have years of experience working all over the island; researching, protecting and promoting Ireland’s wonderful heritage. Now we want to share that expertise with you.

Neil Jackman of Tuatha at Gallarus Oratory

What does Tuatha mean?

The name Tuatha is a plural of the Irish word ‘tuath’, and it essentially means ‘people’ or ‘tribe’. The tuath was the principle way that early Irish society was structured. It is believed that there were approximately 150 tuatha in Ireland around a thousand years ago, with each tuath consisting of approximately 3,000 people. The term is often equated with ‘kingdom’, but it has a deeper meaning, as tuath is a term that encompasses both the people and the land, rather than a political territory.

Tuath also has another use in Modern Irish in the expression faoin tuath ‘in the countryside’. This dual-aspect covering both people and place felt like the perfect term for what we want to build – a tribe of people from all over the world who share an abiding passion and love for discovering the landscapes and stories of Ireland.

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What does Tuatha mean?

The name Tuatha is a plural of the Irish word ‘tuath’, and it essentially means ‘people’ or ‘tribe’. The tuath was the principle way that early Irish society was structured. It is believed that there were approximately 150 tuatha in Ireland around a thousand years ago, with each tuath consisting of approximately 3,000 people. The term is often equated with ‘kingdom’, but it has a deeper meaning, as tuath is a term that encompasses both the people and the land, rather than a political territory.

Tuath also has another use in Modern Irish in the expression faoin tuath ‘in the countryside’. This dual-aspect covering both people and place felt like the perfect term for what we want to build – a tribe of people from all over the world who share an abiding passion and love for discovering the landscapes and stories of Ireland.

Join Today