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Inishcealtra , Holy Island, Lough Derg, County Clare

This little island where St. Caimin founded a monastery in the 7th century. Among the remains are five churches , a round tower , a hermit’s cell and the ‘Saint’s Graveyard’ , which contains inscribed slabs dating from the 8th to the 12th century. The monastery was repaired and restored by King Brian Boru in […]

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Tralee , County Kerry

This county town is renowned for the Rose of Tralee contest , held every August. The Rose of Tralee song was written by local man William Mulchinock but the festival is much more than a beauty contest. During the 16th and 17th century the town was the principal seat of the Earls of Desmond. Tralee […]

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Lough Neagh , Northern Ireland

This is the largest lake in Britain and Ireland and covers 153 square miles. Due to its similarity in shape to the Isle of Man legend has it that once , when enraged , the giant Finn MacCool scooped a huge lump of earth and threw it into the Irish Sea. The lough is famous […]

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Skerries , County Dublin

This seaside town takes its name from the rock islands which lie off the coast: Red Island , now joined to the mainland , site of Ireland’s first holiday camp ; Colt Island ; and St. Patrick’s Island , where the Saint is said to have landed on his way from Wicklow to Ulster. South […]

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Ballintubber , Ballintober , County Mayo

The little village that sits just North of Galway City is famous for its Abbey , which is the only church in the English-speaking world where Mass has been continuously celebrated over 750 years , despite the suppression of religious communities by Henry VIII , its unroofing by Cromwellian troops , and the Penal Laws. […]

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Macroom , County Cork

West of Cork City the bustling market town of Macroom is set in the picturesque Sullane River valley , a hidden gem that is a must see on your tours of Ireland. A gateway is all that remains of Macroom Castle , built by the MacCarthys. In 1654 the castle and town were granted by […]

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Kinvara , County Galway

South of Galway City is a picturesque fishing village with breath-taking views of Galway Bay is a hidden gem and worth a visit on your Ireland tours. The annual Crinniu na mBad Festival (The Gathering of the Boats) features the racing of the country’s traditional sailing craft , the Galway hooker. The festival commemorates the […]

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Gougane Barra National Park , County Cork

The park encompasses 1000 acres , with spectacular drives , walks and nature trails which are a must see on your tours of Ireland. Gougane Barra Lake is the source of the River Lee and is surrounded by steep mountains. Streams cascade down their sides to feed the lake , becoming foaming waterfalls after rain. […]

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Birr, County Offaly

This former garrison town still retains some lovely Georgian houses. The rivers Camcor and Little Brosna join here , and there is good trout fishing. Birr Castle was originally an O’Carroll fortress and withstood many sieges. Sir Laurence Parsons rebuilt the castle around a ruined keep in 1620 and his descendants , the Earl and […]

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Newgrange , County Meath

This cairn and passage tomb is over 5000 years old and is regarded as the world’s first solar observatory. It is estimated that 18,000 tonnes of stone were needed to build it. It contains many mysterious and well preserved stone carvings. A small distance away are 12 standing stones , all that remains of a […]