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Dingle , County Kerry

The town , which served as a vital port for trade with Spain and was walled during Elizabethan times , has many claims to fame. Among them is its use as a location for the film Ryan’s Daughter. It was also ‘nearly’ famous as a safe haven for Marie Antoinette. A Count Rice , who […]

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Rostrevor , County Down

This lovely town edges up the slopes of Slievemartin. It is sited in one of the most sheltered areas of Northern Ireland and Mediterranean plants grow along the seafront. The bell from the 6th century monastery founded nearby by St. Bronagh is preserved at the town’s Catholic church , and in the graveyard is the […]

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Hill of Tara , County Meath

For over 2000 years this low hill was a place of religious , and later political , importance. Excavations have found remains dating from 2000BC , though the true story of Tara’s origins remained veiled by the mists of time. It reached the height of its fame during the first centuries AD when it became […]

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Great And Little Skellig , County Kerry

Just off the Kerry coast lies a group of three rocky islands. Great Skellig , or Sceilg Mhichil , the largest of them , has a 500ft climb up a 1000 year old stone stairway , a test of stamina that brings visitors to one of the most magnificent monastic sites in Europe , dating […]

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The Claddagh Ring

If you are on tours of Ireland why not buy yourself a real piece of Irish history….a Claddagh Ring !! According to legend the ring was the creation of Richard Joyce who was captured as a slave from the fishing village of Claddagh , County Galway in the 16th century. In captivity he trained as […]

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Edenderry , County Offaly

This spacious Georgian town , with a long , straggling main street lined with neat houses and shops , marks the Westward limits of the Pale , the region centred on Dublin that was under direct English rule , and which gave us the expression ‘beyond the pale’. Still to be seen dotted around the […]

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Dalai Lama with Ireland Luxury Tours

Well we had Austen look after a very special client last week……..the one and only Dalai Lama visited Derry / Londonderry By all accounts he is a truly wonderful and inspirational person with a good sense of humour….and a love of sweets !!! Great stuff !!

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Killeshin (Cill Uisen) , County Laois

In the 6th century St Comghan founded a monastery here , which became not only a place of prayer but also a noted centre of culture and learning. The monastery was razed in the 11th century and the present ruins date from the 12th century. The most notable remnant is a carved doorway , one […]

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Castleblayney , County Monaghan

On the Western shores of Mucko Lake is the market town that takes its name from Sir Edward Blayney , who received a grant of land from James I in 1611 and started to build the town. Almost two centuries later , the 11th Lord Blayney , who was responsible for much of the town’s […]

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The River Shannon

The greatest if Irish rivers , the Shannon touches all four provinces of the country and is a must see on your Ireland tours. It rises in the Cuilcagh Mountains in Ulster , its banks for a long distance form the boundary between Connacht and Leinster , and it finally enters the sea through its […]