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Kenmare , County Kerry

The town was founded in 1670 on land given to Sir William Petty by the English government. The colonists fought off local attacks while they established a foundry and set up a fishery but were finally forced to flee when the town was besieged by 3000 men in 1688. The colony was re-established , however […]

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Devenish Island , Lough Erne , County Fermanagh

The monastery here was founded by St. Molaise in the 6th century , and the impressive remains include a 12th century church , oratory and tower. Further along the Island are the ruins of the later Augustinian Abbey of St. Mary and graveyard. Though founded in the 12th century , most of the remains date […]

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Monaghan , County Monaghan

The county town has some remains of a 15th century friary near The Diamond. The nearby ornate Victorian drinking fountain is a memorial to a Baron Rossmore. A museum tracing the history of the St. Louis order and the county is housed in the St. Louis Convent. Monaghan is a real hidden gem and is […]

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Ballinrobe , County Mayo

The town , on the Robe River , and near both Lough Mask and Lough Carra , is a popular angling base. On its outskirts are the remains of a 14th century Augustinian friary. About 4 miles South West is Lough Mask House. This was the residence of Capt. Charles Boycott , the agent of […]

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Galway City , County Galway

The chief town of Connacht , and a thriving industrial and university town. It has become home to a very lively arts movement , which includes the Druid Theatre , An Taibhdhearc , and Macnas , which stages spectacular street pageants. The town began with the seizure of an O’Halloran settlement and fort by the […]

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Lough Gur , County Limerick

The area around the lake is one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites. There is a centre housed in replica Neolithic dwellings. Its exhibits tell the story of 5000 years of human in-habitation at the lough. The surrounding area is full of archaeological features , including crannogs , a gallery grave (where 12 bodies dating […]

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Rathcroghan , County Roscommon

This grossly undeveloped area , which was a burial place for the Kings of Ireland and Connacht , covers 518 hectares. Over 20 ring forts , burial mounds and megalithic tombs can be found here , and a 6ft high standing stone is said to mark the grave of King Daithi , Ireland’s last pagan […]

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Cork City , County Cork

Ireland’s third city after Dublin and Belfast , though Corkonians would say otherwise. The settlement began as a monastery , founded by St. Finbarr in the 7th century , on an Island in the swampy Lee estuary; its Irish name Corcaigh means ‘marsh’. It was raided by the Vikings , who later returned to settle […]

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Mallow , County Cork

This prosperous town is the largest settlement along the scenic Blackwater Valley. Up to a century ago it was renowned as a spa. A half-timbered Elizabethan Clock House and the ruins of the 16th century Mallow Castle are the main features of the town centre. Outside the town is 18th century Longueville House , now […]

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Ballina , County Mayo

The county’s largest town , and also a popular base with anglers eager to fish the waters of Lough Conn , nearby Killala Bay or the River Moy , which is famous for its salmon. The town was captured by Gen. Humbert during the 1798 Rebellion. As the Franco-Irish troops skirmished with the English on […]