Marsh’s Library, St Patricks Close
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Marsh’s Library, St Patricks Close

Built in 1701 for Archbishops Narcissus Marsh, this is the oldest public library in Ireland. It was designed by Sir William Robinson, architect of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. To the rear of the library are wired alcoves where readers who wanted to read any of the rare books were locked in. the collection of books […]

Lough Rynn Castle
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Lough Rynn Estate, Sligo

This vast estate, lying in the South of Mohill, was the ancestral seat of the Clements family, Earls of Leitrim. The baronial-style house, constructed in 1832 and full of hunting trophies and grandiose furniture, is of less interest than the grounds. These extend across 100 acres of land and more than 600 acres of lakes. […]

Cork City Gaol, Cork
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Cork City Gaol, Cork

A pretty 20-minute walk west of the city centre leads to the restored City Gaol, complete with its furnished cells. The exhibition and audio-visual display trace the lives of individual inmates imprisoned here during the 19th and 20th centuries. Conditions were miserable and, for punishment prisoners were man to run on a human treadmill to […]

St Ann’s Church, Dublin
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St Ann’s Church, Dublin

Founded in 1707, St Ann’s striking Romanesque façade was added by the architects Deane and Woodward in 1868. The best view of the façade is from Grafton Street, looking down Anne Street South. Inside the church are many colourful stained-glass windows that date back to mid-19th century. There are numerous famous past parishioners of St […]

Rathlin Island, County Antrim
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Rathlin Island, County Antrim

Rathlin Island is situated off the north coast of Ireland, and is the only inhabited offshore island in Northern Ireland. Rathlin has long had associations with both Ireland and Scotland due to where it is situated, and it once lay at the heart of the ancient kingdom of Dal Riada. The island has both views […]

Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary
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Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary

Well before you reach Cashel, the rock that bears its name appears on the skyline, rearing up from the landscape in a series of limestone ridges and topped by the serenely beautiful Cathedral of St Patrick. The cathedral’s roofless chancel and nave is 93ft long and its central tower 85ft high. Close by, seeming to […]

Slieve League, County Donegal
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Slieve League, County Donegal

The highest cliff face in Europe, Slieve League is spectacular not just for its sheer elevation but also for its colour: at sunset the rock is streaked with changing shades of red, amber and ochre. The 8km drive to the eastern end of Slieve League from Carrick is bumpy but certainly well worth enduring. Beyond […]

Scrabo Tower
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Ards Peninsula, County Down

The peninsula – and some of Northern Ireland’s finest scenery – begins east of Belfast at Bangor. This resort town has a modern marina and some well-known yacht clubs. A little way south is Donaghadee, from where boats sail to the three Copeland Islands. These are now populated only by seabirds, as the last human […]

Glencoe, Highlands
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Glencoe, Highlands

The famous massacre of the ‘glen of weeping’ was carried out by a gang of 128 soldiers led by Campbell of Glenlyon; his victims were the Macdonalds of Glencoe, whose chief had delayed signing the oath of allegiance, required of all Highland chiefs, to William and Mary, in place of Stuart James VII. In the […]

Leinster Aqueduct
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Robertstown, County Kildare

Ten locks west along the Grand Canal from Dublin. Robertstown is a characteristic 19th century canal side village, with warehouses and cottages flanking the waterfront, freight barges plied the route until about 1960, but pleasure boats have since replaced them. Visitors can take barge cruises from the quay and the Grand Canal Company’s Hotel, built […]