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Killarney , County Kerry

This small country town has boomed since the 19th century , when tourists magnificent environs. Its most distinguished building is the 19th century Cathedral of St. Mary , built to a design by Alexander Pugin. The National Museum of Irish Transport is a must see attraction. The 14th century Ross Castle , the last stronghold […]

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Aughnanure Castle , Oughterard , County Galway

Built in the 15th century by the O’Flahertys , during the Cromwellian era this was one of the outposts guarding Galway and proved to be among the strongest fortresses in Ireland. The remains include a six storey tower which stands on a rock island. One of the ‘duties’ of the Chief who ruled here it […]

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Drogheda , County Louth

Steeped in history , Drogheda was originally two walled municipalities on either side of the Boyne. It became an important English town in the middle Ages. The squat turret-shaped building on a hill is Mill Mount , the motte of a Norman castle built in the 12th century over a prehistoric tomb. It now houses […]

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Glin , County Limerick

Just West of Limerick City , this Shannon side village adjoins the demesne of Glin Castle , seat of the Fitzgeralds , who have lived in Glin for over 700 years. The present castle was built by the 24th Knight in 1785 as a Georgian house. There is some remarkable plasterwork and contents include an […]

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Coole Park , County Galway

Southeast of Galway City lies the lovely forest park , this was the former home of Lady Augusta Gregory and served as a favourite retreat for many of the leading writers of the 19th and 20th century literary and dramatic revival in Ireland , including W. B. Yeats , who preserved its beauties forever in […]

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Inishbofin , County Galway

The island lies low in the sea off the Galway coast surrounded by reefs and flanked by uninhabited Inishark. The cliffs on its Western end are wild and windswept but the Eastern end has sheltered beaches. Its turbulent history is recalled by the ruined castle which guards the harbour entrance. Originally a fort built by […]

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Ennis , County Clare

Ennis’s streets were described in the 19th century as ‘ill-defined and scattered’ , but today the narrow thoroughfares add to its character. Many of the old shop fronts remain on some of the best Irish crafts and knitwear outlets. The column in the town centre commemorates Daniel O’Connell who was MP for Clare , 1828-31. […]

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Baltimore , County Cork

Baltimore is a small fishing port and a good sea-angling and sailing base , which serves as a port for ferries to Sherkin Island and Cape Clear. The remains of the castle , owned by the seafaring O’Driscoll clan , overlook the harbour. The village was raided by pirates in 1631 and 200 of its […]

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Cobh , County Cork

Just East of Cork City , the popular town is the popular town of Cobh , pronounced ‘cove’. This popular town is dominated by St. Colman’s Cathedral , designed by Pugin and Ashlin and built of blue Dalkey granite. The harbour’s deep-water anchorage was used as an assembly point for ships during the Napoleonic Wars […]